Browsing Category: drawing

  • Ambrosine Allen @ DOLPH Projects

    One (the?) aim of art writing is to interpret with words. But the imagery of so much art is so strong, that verbal language can only play an ernest second fiddle, happy just to be at the gig. (Works of literature isolate themselves on shelves and in libraries. Aware they fail to represent the visible world, …

    March 13, 2016
  • Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, The Captive (2014)

    JCHP are a two-man art ‘team’, who have been accused of ‘nigh-on psychotic self-analysis’ (in their own catalogue to boot*). So where to start and what to add? First, it’s a relief that Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock are in fact hard grafting artists Dave Smith and Thom Winterburn. Thankfully, they’re not just one horrendously posh …

    November 21, 2014
  • Richard Serra, Courtauld Transparency #4 (2013)

    What’s behind a painting or drawing, literally? The reverse of a canvas is a necessary mystery, with its potential for jottings, classifications, signatures and in some cases failed attempts. In terms of drawing, Serra knows enough about failure. The 14 works made for the Courtauld are to some degree beyond his control. So the rejects “far …

    December 5, 2013
  • Chris Agnew, Sacrifice (2012)

    If superstition ran riot, might not every human casualty take on the complexion of a sacrifice. Every death would register as an appeasement of one of our many gods. Admittedly, that is wacko. But here Chris Agnew juxtaposes what must be the most rational system of government, communism, with one of the least, Mayan. In …

    June 28, 2012
  • Leonardo Da Vinci, Studies of the Human Skull (1489)

    He may be one of the fifteenth century’s best known scientists and empiricists, but Leonardo has become synymous with mystery and obscurantism. The smoke which blurs the features of his most famous painting, also coils around the edges of these burnt-brown anatomy drawings and the plans he made elsewhere for real world inventions. So today …

    November 11, 2011
  • Maxime Angel, Let My Eyes Be Your Mirror

    From the pencil shavings and strewn magazines on the floor, it looks something like Maxime Angel has been living in the gallery. Indeed, there are reports she has slept on several works. She may even have slept inside the containerboard on the wall. The gallery assistant tells me the college-trained artist was also for a …

    May 17, 2011
  • Why do so many artists choose The Fall?

    This blog entry is being put together to the sound of The Fall, in an attempt to understand why so many artists claim, or are said, to draw or paint to the sound of Mark E Smith’s timeless band. Usual conditions for producing these musings are, for the record, a joyless silence. There seems to …

    July 7, 2010
  • Preview: Lily van der Stokker at Tate St Ives

    Exhibition: Lily van der Stokker – No Big Deal Thing, Tate St Ives, St Ives, until September 26 2010 The last great taboo in art appears not to be death, sex or religion. Instead, Lily van der Stokker suggests it is niceness. The Dutch artist works in coloured pencil and pastel colours. She draws on …

    May 27, 2010
  • Preview: Otto Zitko and Louise Bourgeois – Me, Myself and I

    Exhibition: Otto Zitko and Louise Bourgeois – Me, Myself and I, Arnolfini, Bristol, until July 4 2010 Born in 1911, Louise Bourgeois has been drawing for nearly a century. Her recent works are “about the marking of time while waiting for someone special to arrive”, according to the French artist herself. Her series of 60 …

    May 18, 2010
  • Art must-sees this month: May

    Here’s a selection of half a dozen of the most exciting contemporary art shows from around Britain this month. Written for Culture24. Agnes Martin, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Martin’s minimal paintings, characterised by airy colours and hand-drawn grids, map out a fragile, yet peaceful, interior world. It makes sense that the Canadian-born artist took to painting …

    May 15, 2010