Drawing Room and Modern Art Oxford jointly present A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, a group exhibition that celebrates the sustained power of drawing in the digital age.
The exhibition at Drawing Room brings together a dynamic selection of recent works by 6 international artists who are committed to the materiality of paper and pencil, showcasing a remarkable attention to detail and skill. In an age of mass media, where the rapid proliferation of images leaves many on the verge of digital exhaustion, A Slice Through the World explores the power of traditional drawing to make us slow down and reconsider how we look at the world.
By looking at this ancient communication technology as it meets the newest forms of digitised image culture, A Slice through the World will signal the resilience of drawing as a means of responding to contemporary questions of dialogue and representation, reinforcing its status as an inherently interdisciplinary medium that remains central to artistic practice across the world.
A Slice through the World is a collaboration with Modern Art Oxford. The featured artists across the two-venue group exhibition are ruby onyinyechi amanze, Nidhal Chamekh, Milano Chow, Kate Davis, Karl Haendel, David Haines, Ian Kiaer, Ciprian Muresan, David Musgrave, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Kathy Prendergast, Massinissa Selmani, Lucy Skaer and Barbara Walker.
ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria) lives and works in New York and Philadelphia. amanze earned her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University; and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2012-13), and was selected as a finalist for the Prix Canson Drawing Prize (2016). Select residencies include Queens Museum Studio Program, Queens Museum, Flushings, New York (2016-2017); and Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York (2016-2017). Select solo exhibitions include STAR FISH, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York (2017); The Armory Show Focus, Marian Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, Washington, USA (2016); SALT WATER, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015); and a story. in parts., Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (2015). Select group exhibitions include Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, New York (2017); The Day Comes, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France (2017); Studio Program Exhibition, Queens Museum, Queens, New York (2017); Dialogues in Drawing, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (2017); Un-becoming, Fridman Gallery, New York (2016); The Ease of Fiction, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (2016); KIN, Hanger, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); Speaking Back, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Telling Truths/Speaking Secrets [November 2014], Bowling Green State University (2014); no one belongs here more than you, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria (2013); Waiting for the Queen, Dyker Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY, USA (2012); and Part II, Causeu Contemporary Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2011).
David Haines (b. 1969, Nottingham) lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Haines studied at Camberwell School of Art, London and The Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. His work is featured in the publications Vitamin D2 (Phaidon, 2013); Drawing People by Roger Malbert (Thames and Hudson, 2015); and Interdisciplinary Encounters - Hidden and Visible Explorations of the work of Adrian Rifkin (I.B.Tauris, 2014). Awards include the Irinox Drawing Prize, Artissima, Turin (2017); and the Jeanne Oosting Prize, The Hague (2012). Select solo exhibitions include A Fragile Membrane, an Illusive Screen, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); Two Way Mirror, Tyneside Cinema (Gallery), Newcastle, U.K. (2017); Disegni, Artissima, Turin, with Upstream Gallery (2017); Armory Show, New York, with Upstream Gallery (2016); The Armory Show, NY (2016); Discoveries, Art Basel HK (2014); and Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam (2013). Select group exhibitions include Trouble in Paradise, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (2019); A Slice Through the World, Drawing Room, London (2018); Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London (2017); New Dutch Short Films, Rooftop Films/ Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts, Brooklyn, New York (2016); Art at the Spaarne (The Collection/Donation of Bart Spoorenberg), Teylers Museum, Haarlem (2016); Transformer, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam (2015); Beauty of Violence, Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem, Netherlands (2014); and Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Margate, U.K. (2011). Haines exhibited as part of the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011).
Ian Kiaer (b. 1971, London, UK) lives and works in Oxford, UK. Kiaer studied at the Slade School of Art, UK (1995); and at the Royal College of Art, UK for his MA (2000) and PhD (2008). His installations involve groupings of architectural models, untouched or slightly modified found objects, and two-dimensional work to create fragmented narratives. These works are prompted by the ideas of utopian thinkers, architects, and artists from various periods of history whose common concern has been their resistance and critique of dominant ideologies – while providing possible alternatives for thought. Select solo exhibitions include Endnote, tooth, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2017-2018); Neubauer Collegium, Chicago, USA (2016); Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico (2015); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK (2014); Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, UK (2014); Centre International d'art et du Paysage, Vassivière, France (2013); Aspen Art Museum, USA (2012); Kunstverein, Munich, Germany (2010); Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (2009); Bloomberg SPACE, London (2009); and British School at Rome, Italy (2005). Select group exhibitions include We Stared at the Moon from the Centre of the Sun, Towner Art Gallery, Sussex (2018); Strange Days, frac île-de-france, Paris (2017); Klappe eins, Affe tot, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin (2016); Concrete, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2015); L'Image Papillon, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2013); The Space Between, Tate Britain, London (2012); All of this and Nothing, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London (2010); and Setting the Scene, Tate Modern, London. Kiaer also participated in the 10th Lyon Biennale (2009); the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006); and the 50th Venice Biennale (2005). His work is held in public and private collections including Tate, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA.
Ciprian Muresan (b.1977 Dej, Romania) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Select solo exhibitions include Ciprian Mureșan: All Images from a Book…, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA (2017); Ciprian Muresan, Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy (2016); Ciprian Muresan, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Ciprian Muresan, Ludwig Museum-Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary (2015); All that work for nothing! That's what I try to do all the time!, Galeria Plan B, Berlin (2013); The Praxis of Starvation, Video Room: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2013); Stage and Twist, Project Space, with Anna Molska, Tate Modern, London (2012); Ciprian Muresan, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2012); Ciprian Muresan, Galerie Hussenot, Paris (2012); Dead Weights, Museum of Art Cluj Napoca, Cluj (2012); Recycled Playground, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (2011); and Ciprian Muresan, David Nolan Gallery, New York (2011). Select group exhibitions include VIVA ARTE VIVA, the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale exhibition, Venice, Italy (2017); Group presentation featuring the 30 artists nominated for the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Drawing Prize, Cabinet d'art graphique - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2017); Kathmandu Triennale, Kathmandu, Nepal (2017); #1.1 Palimpsest: Joachim Bandau, Pavel Buchler, Oscar Hugal, Ciprian Muresan, Convent Art Space, Ghent, Belgium (2017); George Grosz: Politics and His Influence, David Nolan Gallery, New York (2017); Freundschaftsspiel Istanbul: Freiburg, Museum fur Neue Kunst Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2017); Track Changes, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017); Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia, Works from Art Collection Telekom, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2017); Few Were Happy with Their Condition, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago (2017); Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London (2017); Cher(e)s Ami(e)s : Hommage aux donateurs des collections contemporaines, Centra Pompidou, Paris (2017); Balagan, KühlhausBerlin, Berlin, DE (2015); IMAGINED COMMUNITIES, PERSONAL IMAGINATIONS, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (2015); Chercher le garçon, Musée d´Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, Paris, FR (2015); and Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015).
David Musgrave (b.1973, Stockton-on-Tees, UK) lives and works in London, UK. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design,UK, where he now teaches. Musgrave creates understated, often poignant works that demand a level of scrutiny and attention rarely encouraged in contemporary culture. The speculative potential of visual experience lies at the heart of his practice. His work has been featured in many institutional exhibitions, including The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed at Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Space Force Construction, V-A-C Foundation, Venice (2017); Golem Legend, Stiftung Jüdisches Museum, Berlin (2016); Behold Continues to Retreat, Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, UK (2015); Being Thing, CIAP, île de Vassivière, Beaumontdu-Lac, France (2015); Prix Canson, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015); The Noing Uv It, Kunsthalle Bergen; Être Chose, CIAP Île de Vassivière; Quiz, Galeries Poirel, Nancy (2015); The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, Nottingham Contemporary and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2013); In Focus: Slow Looking: contemporary drawing, Tate Britain, London, UK (2103); Made in the UK, Contemporary Art from the RISD Museum, Museum of Art, Providence, USA (2011); Transparent Things, Freiburg Kunstverein, Freiburg, Germany (2011); Draw, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK (2006); How to Improve the World, The Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2006); Lines of Enquiry, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK (2006); Waste Material, The Drawing Room, London, UK (2005); showCASe, South London Gallery, London, UK (2004); Living Dust, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK (2004); and Recognition, Anna Barriball and David Musgrave, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2003). Select solo exhibitions include Select solo exhibitions include greengrassi, London, UK (2018, 2015, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2004); Luhring Augustine, New York, USA (2014, 2009); and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA (2015, 2011, 2008, 2005); Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, USA (2010); Art Now, Tate Britain, London, UK (2003). His work is held in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; the Dallas Museum of Art, USA; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA; and Tate, London, UK. In January 2013 Musgrave’s digital animation Studio golem was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. He is the author of a novel, Unit, published by LemonMelon in 2015.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji (b. 1970, St. Louis, MO, USA) lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Ogunji received a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University, USA (1992) and an MFA in Photography from San Jose State
University, USA (1998). She is a co-founder and lecturer at the Institute for Performing Justice (CWGS) at the University of Texas, Austin, USA. She has received awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation
Fellowship; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Dallas Museum of Art; and the Idea Fund. Select exhibitions include those held at ifa-Galerie Berlin, Germany; Temple Muse, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India; 1:54, London, UK; Seattle Art Museum; Brooklyn Art Museum, USA; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark.
Kathy Prendergast (b. 1958, Dublin) lives and works in London. Prendergast studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (1976-1983) and the Royal College of Art, London (1983-1986). She works in many media but came to widespread attention for her monumental project City Drawings for which she won the Best Young Artist Award at the Venice Biennale (1995). Her work revolves around a potent cluster of issues, chief among which are sexuality, identity, landscape, mapping and power. Select solo exhibitions include Black Maps, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2016); Atlas, Kerlin Galley (2016); Atlas - a reverie, The European Commission, London (2016); OR, Crawford Art Gallery Cork (2015); Black Map Series, PEER (2010); the grey before dawn 1 and 2, Kerlin gallery (2007 and 2009); A Dream
of Discipline, Douglas Hyde Gallery (2006); The Paradise, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2003); The End and the Beginning, IMMA, Dublin (2000); and Art Now, Tate Britain (1997). Select group exhibitions include The Freud Project: The Ethics of Scrutiny, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2018); Islands, Constellations and Galapagos, Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama, Japan (2017); The Lie of the Land, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Swindon, UK (2017); 187th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland (2017); Bristle: Hair and Hegemony, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland (2017); Somewhat Abstract, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2014); Into the Light: The Arts Council – 60 Years Supporting the Arts, The Model, Sligo, Ireland (2012); With an Apple I Will Astonish, Large Glass, London, UK (2012); and Family Matters: The Family in British Art, touring to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, UK, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, UK and Tate Britain, London, UK
(2012). Her work is held in public collections including including Tate, London, UK; the British Government Collection; the Arts Council of Great Britain; the Arts Council of Ireland; the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, USA; the Santa Barbara University Museum, USA; the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, USA; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, USA; and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland.
Massinissa Selmani (b.1980, Algiers) lives and works in Tours, France. Selmani graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Tours, France (2010). His work tries all kinds of experiments that drawing allows. It is characterized by an extreme simplicity – often presenting montages of images and drawings, or short animations in which he mingles humour, irony, and sometimes a sense of revolt. He presented at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and received a special mention from the jury. Other awards include tenth winner of the Art Collector Prize, Paris (2016) and the laureate of the SAM Art Projects award (2016). Select exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Japan (2018); Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France (2017); Galerie de l’Etrave, Thonon-Les-Bains, France (2017); Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis (2017); 13th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2017); Biennale d’architecture d’Orléans, Frac Centre, France (2017); the Zachęta National Gallery, Poland (2016); 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); the Lyon Biennial, France (2015); first triennial of Vendôme,
France (2015); CCC, Tours, France (2015); and the Dakar Biennial, Senegal (2014).
Lucy Skaer (b. 1975, Cambridge, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Skaer studied for her BA Honors Fine Art at the Environmental Art Department, Glasgow School of Art. Awards and residences include the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award (2016); Hammer Museum Residency, Los Angeles, US (2016); Villa Medicis Residency, Rome, Italy (2015); Résidence - Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2013); and Location One International Fellowship, New York, USA (2010). Nominations include the Prix Canson (2016) and the Turner Prize (2009). Select solo exhibitions include Sentiment, Peter Freeman Inc., New York, USA (2018); Available Fonts, Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria (2018); Una Casa Más Pequeña (A smaller house), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); Past Shows, GRIMM Frans Halsstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); One Remove, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2016); Exit, Voice and Loyalty, Tramway, Glasgow, UK (2013); and A Boat Used As A Vessel, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2009). Select group exhibitions include Now Wakes the Sea: Contemporary art and the ocean, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland (2017); The Other Dark: Tacita Dean, Jeremy Millar, Nashashibi/Skaer, Sirius Arts Center, Ireland (2017); Generation: 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, The Hunterian, Glasgow, UK (2014); Art Under Attack – Histories of British Iconoclasm, Tate Britain, London, UK (2013); Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film and Video, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012); and Watercolour, Tate Britain, London, UK (2011).
Barbara Walker (b. 1964, Birmingham, UK) lives and works in Birmingham. She received her BA in Art and Design from the University of Central England, Birmingham (1996). Her work is informed by the social, political and cultural realities that affect her life and the lives of those around her. Growing up in the Black community in Birmingham during the 1960s and 70s, her experiences have directly shaped a practice concerned with issues of class and power, gender, race, representation and belonging. Her figurative drawings and paintings tell contemporary stories hinged on historical circumstances, making them universally understood and reflecting a human perspective on the state of affairs in her native Britain and elsewhere. Walker received the inaugural Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in 2017, in association with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Select solo exhibitions include Shock and Awe, Midlands Arts Centre (2016); Sub Urban, James Hockey Gallery, part of the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham (2015); and As Seen, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2013). Select group exhibitions include Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora, the Royal West of England Academy (2016); Diaspora Pavilion, the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); and A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings, Modern Art Oxford (2018). Her work is held in private and public collections including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; The Herbert Art Gallery; and Arts Council Collection.