Exhibition Announcement – Drawing:Sculpture


Drawing: Sculpture is the first partnership between Drawing Room, London – the only public, non-profit gallery in the UK and Europe dedicated to the investigation and presentation of international contemporary drawing – and Leeds Art Gallery, home to the most comprehensive collection of sculpture in any regional British gallery. 

Drawing : Sculpture presents a selection of artworks that explore whether the languages of drawing and sculpture are now intertwined or if they continue to exist in parallel. It includes work by a generation of international artists who make work that moves between sculpture and drawing, often using the medium of drawing to create works that might be defined as sculpture. The exhibition presents an international line up of artists working in some of the key cultural capitals: Anna Barriball and Alice Channer in London, Sara Barker in Glasgow, Aleana Egan in Dublin, Knut Henrik Henriksen and Bojan Šarčević in Berlin and Dan Shaw-Town in New York. The exhibition at Drawing Room will include newly commissioned work by Anna Barriball and Knut Henrik Henriksen.

Anna Barriball and Dan Shaw-Town share an employment of repetitive graphite mark-making. This attention to process and the passage of time is countered by the formal strategies of Minimalism such as the employment of rectilinear shapes, the grid and serialisation. Sara Barker and Aleana Egan use line to negotiate responses to visual and literary influences and to conjure open yet resolved forms. Knut Henrik Henriksen has an interest in questioning and redefining architectural spaces, paying particular attention to the in-between and contradictory, and leaving the work open to adaption to different environments. Alice Channer and Bojan Šarčević create works that are hard to define, incorporating a wide range of materials and procedures that pay attention to details, combining the domestic, the body and the mechanical.

In the work of each artist there is a fusing of opposites – inside and outside, objective and subjective, bodily and ascetic – and a consideration of in between, discursive spaces. There is a recognised link between the medium of drawing and the idea of honesty and authenticity.  The pre-fabricated and the hand-made are combined seamlessly in works that challenge artifice and celebrate how the work is constructed. The works articulate a contest between formalism and conceptualism and the exhibition will investigate the interplay between an attention to surface and material and attention to line and form.  

A catalogue, with an essay by Dr Anna Lovatt and images of works is available.

Notes to Editors:

– The exhibition at Leeds Art Gallery took place 14 September – 11 November 2012 and included key works by established artists from the extensive collection at Leeds Art Gallery, including Martin Boyce, Alexander Calder, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan,  Martin Naylor,  Eva Rothschild and Alison Wilding.
– A symposium, with contributions from Sara Barker, Martin Boyce, Sarah Brown, Aleana Egan, Lisa Le Feuvre, Dr Anna Lovatt, Kate Macfarlane, Sophie Raikes and Dr.Lucy Steeds took place at Leeds Art Gallery on 25 October 2012, documentation of this symposium is available by request.
– Drawing Room explores ideas around contemporary drawing and makes them visible in the public domain.  As the only public gallery and non-profit organisation in the UK and Europe dedicated to contemporary drawing, it provides a unique resource for the promotion of drawing, its practice, theory and methodology. Drawing Room is located in Bermondsey, south east London, in premises shared with the studio organisation Tannery Arts.  Drawing Room is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).  Its programme is supported by Drawing Biennial Fundraiser exhibitions,  Patron and Drawing Circle membership schemes and donations.



Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, 12 Rich Estate, Crimscott Street, London SE1 5TE
Tel: 0207 394 5657 [email protected]
Open: Tues – Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 12 – 6pm
Transport: Bermondsey, London Bridge, Borough, from London Bridge it is a twelve minute walk and Borough station is a ten minute walk. Two minutes walk from buses stopping on Tower Bridge Road/Grange Road

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