Category Archives: drawing

Drawn Conversations

Having completed our first tabletop drawing in 2010, in which the four artists drew while responding to sound and chatting about drawing, Drawn Together met up 5 years later to complete a second for the Drawn Conversations exhibition in Coventry. Working in the same space as for the previous work, we used this opportunity to reconnect through the use of line.

This exhibition was curated by Jill Journeaux and Helen Gorrill as part of the symposium Drawing Conversations and the catalogue can be downloaded here.

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Notes on a Table I (After John Cage), detail, 2010

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Notes on a Table I (After John Cage), 2010 beside Notes on a Table II (Reunion), 2015

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Notes on a Table II (Reunion), detail, 2015

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Notes on a Table II (Reunion), detail, 2015

 

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SEeAFAR: 27th Sept – 5th Oct 2014

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Fresh from the Folkestone Triennial Fringe, this touring exhibition curated by Birgitta Hosea brings together new work from Foa + Hosea, Carali McCall, Anne Robinson, Sarah Sparkes and Thurle Wright. Using a range of media – drawing, animation, performance to video, light installation, painting and collage, the works engage with living with the constant presence of an absence through the metaphor of waiting for someone to return from sea.

OPEN FROM 12-6pm on: 27th, 28th September and 1-5th October

PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 26th September 6-8pm – if you would like to attend – register for the Private View on Facebook or EventBrite

[Invite image Jane Conquest Rings the Bell (detail) Sarah Sparkes, mixed media, 2014]

SEeAFAR: 29-31st August, Folkestone Triennial Fringe

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Taking place in a former waiting room for the Folkestone ferry, SEeAFAR features six artists – Foa + Hosea, Carali McCall, Anne Robinson, Sarah Sparkes, Thurle Wright – whose work manifests absence. Through drawing, painting, installation, performance and moving image, these artworks recall the perspective of generations of women living in a state of unknowing as they wait for news or the return of loved ones from overseas and explore the tensions between anticipation and memory, separation and speculation.

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Traion I (Ferme)

Dans Ma Cellule, Une Silhouette, 1st February – 20th April 2014, Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, Paris

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Maryclare Foá and Birgitta Hosea were commissioned to create a new piece of work for this exhibition inspired by the legend of the first drawing told by Pliny the Elder. In this apocryphal tale a Corinthian maiden, whose name is not recorded, traces a line on the wall around the shadow of her lover as he is about to depart. Her father, Butades, a potter, fills the outline with clay and fires it in his kiln.

This action of Butades’s daughter, in which she attempts to freeze time and contain presence, is seen by many art historians as the foundational act of Western painting and drawing.

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This exhibition curated by Lore Gablier for La Ferme du Buisson features the work of different artists who use drawing to investigate the visualisation of absence, loss and desire. Artists included are: William Anastasi / Abdelkader Benchamma / Mathieu Bonardet / Geta Brătescu / Maryclare Foá & Birgitta Hosea (Performance Drawing Collective) / Jean Genet / Dennis Oppenheim / Santiago Reyes / Till Roeskens / Carla Zaccagnini.

Here is the English translation of the text by curator Lore Gablier about the exhibition:

I have the shape of a dead man on the wall of my cell. He’s been in his grave almost five years now, yet his shadow still lingers. He was no one and nothing. All that remains of him is a handful of old rape charges and a man-shaped pencil sketch. Perhaps it’s just superstition, but I can‘t help but feel that erasing it would be like erasing the fact that he ever existed. That may not be such a bad thing, all things considered, but I won’t be the one to do it.

 – Damien Echols, Life After Death

(Damien Echols was sentenced to death by the state of Arkansas in 1994 after being wrongly convicted of murder at the age of 19. He was released from prison in 2011)

Offering an exploration of drawing in its relation to gesture and the body, the exposition Dans ma cellule, une silhouette turns to the story of the daughter of the Corinthian potter Butades who, before her lover left on a long journey, “drew an outline of the shadow of his face as cast by the light of a lamp.”  If this seminal act, as told by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, has come to be considered as an allegory for the origin of drawing and painting, it is, at the same time, an invitation to renew our relation with the visible.

Through her act, the young woman refers us to that which remains invisible in the visible  in this instance her desire, which cannot reconcile itself in the image. What we see is, as such, always inhabited by the absence of what we cannot see, an absence that not only structures our vision, but also allows the advent of a potentiality or, as Jean-Luc Nancy explains,  “the indeterminate possibility of the possible as such, a potentiality of being [pouvoir Ítre] that is not the abstract form of a being that remains to be embodied, but is rather itself a modality and a consistence of being: a being of power [Ítre de pouvoir], the reality of momentum, of birth and beginning.”

Freed from the gaze and returned to a physical act, drawing opens up a multiplicity of forms and potentialities, as the works brought together for this exhibition testify. Drawing becomes alternately the inscription of a gesture, a repeated action or constraint, a narrative support, the means of a tactile exchange, the boundary of a theatrical space. Or else, drawing hallows itself out, empties itself, by erasure, comes to life. In each case what drawing reveals is the body itself: a body that lends itself less to being active, efficient or operative, than it does to a momentum through which it releases its sensuality.

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Birgitta Hosea setting up the work with the help of Anne Pietsch, Lore Gablier and the technical staff at La Ferme du Buisson.

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Material: Mixed Media (Graphite on paper, projected animation, chalk)
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Artists Statement: 

Just as Butades’s daughter traced the outline of her lover before he left on a journey, so we (Foá & Hosea), following the same method, tracing round the shadows of our bodies cast by the electrical light onto the paper surface, attempt to hold time by fixing our shapes in place.

The multiple lines in this Traion (trace of presence in motion) also attempt to hold motion while leading into the gestured animated outlines of our digital shadows.

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Draw to Perform: Exploring the performance of drawing

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London, December 2013
Curated by Ram Samocha

In this lecture a live and a virtual speaker performed, in conversation with each other and the audience, to open up the concept of performance drawing: expanding, gathering, attracting and amassing interdisciplinary and collaborative perspectives, that go beyond notions of paper, the permanent mark and the individual markmaker.

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Maryclare Foa demonstrated, depicted and described a poetics of performance drawing while being virtually assisted, contradicted, instructed and animated by Birgitta Hosea, one of her collaborators in Performance Drawing Collective projects. Finally, the audience followed instructions given by the speakers to create a collective performance drawing.

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Mapping Observation Dialogue: DRN Conference 2010

The 2010 Drawing Research Network conference at the University of Brighton started with a keynote speech from Deanna Petherbridge who contextualised the themes of Mapping, Observation and Dialogue ending with an entreaty to remember visual observation through acts of intelligent looking. This was followed by a series of workshops that featured a range of responses to the conference themes from blind drawings that explore kinaesthetic space (Doris Rohr) to beautifully observed, extended, observational drawings from life that resist the system of one-point perspective which places the viewer at the centre of the viewing experience (Amanda Roberts and Juliet MacDonald).

Complimenting the speakers were a series of poster presentations that included a poster by Drawn Together which engaged the conference participants in dialogue. Getting a special mention for its ‘sociability’, this poster invited conference attendees to draw for us or to give us instructions for future drawings.

Forthcoming Poster Presentation at DRN 2010 Conference

Drawn Together will be doing an interactive poster presentation at the next Drawing Research Network conference on Tuesday 14th September at the University of Brighton. There is more information about the conference here: www.drawing-research-network.org.uk/drn-2010-conference-registration.