Drawing Room

Johanna Calle, LLUVIAS (RAIN), 2012–13. Typed text on ledger paper. Courtesy Casas Riegner Gallery.

October 9, 2013

Autumn at Drawing Room

Drawing Room
12 Rich Estate
Crimscott Street
London, SE1 5TE
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–6pm;
Saturday noon–6pm

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Marking Language
10 October–14 December 2013
Exhibition exploring the relationship between linguistic communication and drawing in recent art:
Pavel Büchler, Johanna Calle, Annabel Daou, Matias Faldbakken, Karl Holmqvist, Bernardo Ortiz and Shahzia Sikander.

Throughout the twentieth century, and in particular since the 1960s, artists have mined language for the subject and matter of their art, incorporating the mode, format and meaning of text into their work. For their first collaborative project, Drawing Room, London and Drawing Center, New York, present parallel exhibitions that explore the relationship between linguistic communication and drawing in recent art. The selected artists take language and the written word as the subject of the work itself. They re-examine the codes, symbols, and structures of language, while at the same time harnessing the personal and cultural context in which the work is produced. Rather than denying the subjective, expressive form of language, as many artists sought to do in the 1960s, or foregrounding language’s key role in defining identity, as others did in the 1980s and ’90s, the artists in Marking Language and Drawing Time and Reading Time articulate paths between the formal properties and coded meanings of words and text. In short, these exhibitions investigate drawing and writing as distinct yet interrelated modes of expression.

Marking Language could be read as a series of propositions, or positions, that consider the relationship between drawing and written communication in contemporary practice. It takes work being made today, by seven artists, of roughly the same generation but originating from very different parts of the world, to explore this rich territory. 

Drawing Time, Reading Time will be at The Drawing Center, New York, 15 November 2013 to 13 January 2014 and a fully illustrated catalogue of both exhibitions will include essays by Claire Gilman, Curator, Drawing Center, New York; Melissa Gronlund, an editor of Afterall and a writer on contemporary art based in London and Kate Macfarlane, Co-Director, Drawing Room.

Announcing Outset Study at Drawing Room
October sees the opening of Outset Study—a unique, free, open-access research hub comprising a specialist contemporary drawing library and study area. Outset Study is housed within our gallery and will also host talks, events and small exhibition displays. It is supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and is the first of its kind in the UK and Europe. 

Upcoming talks include:

On Carl Andre’s Poems 
5 November, 6:30pm
Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions & Displays, Tate Liverpool, will talk ‘On Carl Andre’s poems,’ the subject of his forthcoming Tate publication.

​Waqas Khan in Conversation
11 December, 7pm 
Pakistani artist Waqas Khan, short-listed for this year’s Jameel Prize, in conversation with Salma Tuqan, V&A Middle East Curator and curator of the Jameel Prize exhibition.

Abstract Drawing 
20 February–12 April 2014
Curated by artist Richard Deacon, this exhibition is an exploration of the idea of ‘abstraction’ in drawing and includes work by an international selection of artists who employ various strands of abstract drawing, from the calligraphic to the generative. 

Artists include Tomma Abts, Roger Ackling, Anni Albers, Tauba Auerbach, David Austen, David Batchelor, Victor Ciato, Garth Evans, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Lothar Götz,  John Golding, Frederick Hammersley, Victoria Haven, Susan Hefuna, Eva Hesse, Dom Sylvester Houedard, Hilma af Klint, John Latham, Judith Lauand, Bob Law, Sol LeWitt, Kazimir Malevich, Gordon Matta-Clark, Emma McNally, Sam Messenger, Nasreen Mohamedi, Jackson Pollock, Mira Schendel, Richard Serra, Darrell Viner, Alison Wilding, and Richard Wright.

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