Thursday, August 13, 2015

TRACEY - Call for Papers - Drawing and Presence

TRACEY, the journal of drawing and visualization research, has a call for papers on the notion of Presence in Drawing.  Submissions due September 4.

Full text of the call:

What is the relationship between ‘drawer’ and ‘drawn’ in the moment of drawing?

Does drawing enable immediate sensuous presence in relation to its object?

How might the sustained attention of drawing be characterized? What is the role of immediacy, mediation, meditation, repetition?

What role do empathy, intensity and materiality play in drawing? What role do order, analysis and clarity play in drawing?

Is drawing a meaningful activity? If so, in what way? Do drawings have meaning? Is their meaning objective, subjective or both?

What does drawing say about desire? Is drawing a form of appropriation, a will-to-possess, a way of taking hold of things? Or does it imply a moment of dispossession, a surrender of ‘self’ in search of a new understanding?

Do accident, loss of control and the properties of the medium influence thinking?

Does drawing offer a mode of engagement that enables understanding the world in terms of ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’, in terms of dynamic processes rather than static objects?

Does drawing reduplicate the world or can it transform it? Is it a kind of metamorphosis?

Thinking Through Drawing - The Show

Deadline is August 15, 2015 for this international exhibition in London.

Announcing Thinking through Drawing open exhibition, 2015:
We All Draw: Thinking Drawings 5-9th November 2015
Deadline for submissions: August 15th
Thinking through Drawing are pleased to announce our open exhibition, as part of the 2015 International Symposium: WE ALL DRAW.
We invite all practitioners who use drawing and sketching in their practice, to submit examples of ‘drawings that think’ to be exhibited at the Bargehouse, Southbank, London from the 5th to 8th of November.
When do surgeons use drawing? How do science teachers use drawing? Why does the engineer use drawing? How can drawing be used as a social practice? Where do artists draw? Does drawing facilitate dialogue? Could a drawing resolve a dispute? Does drawing promote wellbeing? Can a drawing sing?
We encourage you to send drawings made privately in your sketchbook or studio as a part of your preliminary working process, as well as ‘finished’ drawings that are a product of a thinking process, that facilitate a certain state of mind, or function as a tool for thought. We welcome everything from spontaneous drawings on the back of envelopes to sustained drawings on traditional drawing papers, providing they can be folded into an A4 envelope (9” by 11”).
*** Please note: there is a SUBMISSION FEE of £25, to cover the cost of the venue, hanging and return shipment. ***

Monday, March 30, 2015

Drawing In - Seeking Book Proposals

British publisher IB Tauris is launching a new book series, Drawing In, dedicated to volumes on the practice, theory, and pedagogy of drawing, and is currently accepting proposals.  From the Drawing Research Network announcement:

"The Drawing In series encompasses scholarly monographs and edited anthologies. In addition, the series encourages the publication of books that are practice-led, driven by creative textual strategies and/or move beyond the page. The books published within Drawing In will address the relationship between theoretical debate and its integral materiality. Proposals for the series should delineate their topic with specific reference to how they will argue through drawing in both form and content."

For guidelines on sumbitting book proposals, go here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jacqueline Bishop on Claire Gilman, Drawing Center Curator

"In a sense," she said, "every show that we put on seeks to answer the question of what drawing is. In every show we are asking the same question, while providing very different answers. We are always trying, in our shows, to test the boundaries of what is immediately apprehensible as drawing. I have a more intuitive sense of what drawing is, but I would say that more than anything else it has to do with a line, with passage from one place to another. Whereas painting is more concerned with being an all-over composition on a contained surface, drawing is about the linear path from one place to another."

Read more on Claire Gilman, Drawing Center Curator, in the Huffington Post article by Jacqueline Bishop.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pulled from the Headlines

All the arguments you'll need, should you have to defend drawing's place in The Curriculum:

Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential - Anita Taylor, The Guardian UK, May 29, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thinking Through Drawing - 2013 Conference Proceedings

The complete proceedings from the 2013 Drawing Research Network Conference held this past October in New York, hosted by Columbia University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are now available online in pdf form.  This is an invaluable document, presenting a range of papers that examine the relationship between pedagogy, drawing, and cognition, from practitioners worldwide.  From the links between medicine and drawing, to drawing and a philosophy of mind, the papers cover vast and deep territory. Should you be interested in collaborative drawing, my paper on three collaborative drawing projects begins on page 166.  Be sure to look at past years' conference proceedings as well.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Court Drawn

A striking portrait of the career of courtroom sketch artist Gary Myrick, this short documentary by Ramtin Ninzad for the New York Times' Op Doc series is also commentary on the wane of attention and empathy.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Graphic Detail

The Economist website sports a feature I have just discovered and quickly fallen for, called Graphic Detail.  A new visual element every day, from charts, to maps, to drawings, GD provides insight into the news in a visually explicit and textured way.  This very recent set of drawn insights into the building of the Eurotunnel sheds light on the inventional strengths of the pen in hand.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jane Fine - Drawings and Pours

The Drawing Program at the University of South Carolina is thrilled to welcome artist Jane Fine as our visiting artist this week.  Jane's work exemplifies the notion of a hybrid drawing practice, moving fluidly between ways of making on the page, resulting in a raucous tumble of visual thought.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Temple of Dendur - Hand-drawn Animation at the Met

This October, I had the pleasure of designing and running a drawing workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as part of the International Drawing and Cognition Conference, hosted jointly by Columbia University Teachers College, the Drawing Research Network, and the Met. Here is one of the resulting animations from our session:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WWW Drawing Workshop

The WWW Drawing Workshop, held at Penn State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from March 29-31, 2013, yeilded this brilliant video from Virtual Beauty.  Instant inspiration at:

WWW Drawing Workshop: Penn State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from Virtual Beauty on Vimeo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Open Source Drawing Software

From Skencil to Inkscape, open source drawing software has been in our midst for years, with dozens of variants on the theme, and hundreds of code contributors worldwide.  One among many, Alchemy offers "an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways. Alchemy isn’t software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process. Experimental in nature, Alchemy lets you brainstorm visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way."  As alternatives to Illustrator or Photoshop, most come up a few tools shy of satisfying, but as screen-based sketchbooks, they are great to have in the mix.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Drawing Suite

Reading as a curated website that captures the sleek and transdisciplinary flavor of contemporary drawing, The Drawing Suite brings together an array of drawing talent from across Europe, with an Irish focus.  Profiled artists include Brian Fay and his stunning drawings of cracked masterworks, and the alluring digital drawings of Kate Smith.

Fay's Vermeer Lady Writing a Letter with Maid

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Gap in Time and Shameless Self-Promotion

While tempted to apologize for a lapse in blog, I defer to Cory Archangel's compilation of delinquent blogger's excuses instead.

I am currently an artist in residence at the Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and working on a new series of drawings that reference the architectural features of this industrial neighborhood in transition.  There will be an open studio and reception on July 12, from 6-9.

The drawing below was started in the Columbia studio, but has changed to reflect the color and texture of Brooklyn in summer.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Big Ball of Drawing

It reminds me so much of The Prisoner, but with a graphic twist! See full coverage of Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s Ada, here, with more here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Elizabeth Hoak-Doering

The range of work produced by Elizabeth Hoak-Doering is sweeping and thoughtful, with drawing residing both at the core and on the periphery, depending on the project at hand.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Caleb Coppock

Today's quest for champions of transdisciplinary drawing yields Caleb Coppock.  From his exquisitely-rendered Compost Drawings to the Graphite Sequencer project, Coppock is playing some gorgeous games with mark and layer, sound and light.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kids Draw the News

Fairly freshly launched by the good people at the NYT, Kids Draw the News is just what it sounds like - people under twelve making graphic renderings of current events, to be submitted to the New York Times' City Room blog.  Each assignment is based on one NY-local news-worthy episode; parents are encouraged to read the article along with their children to put the news in context.  This week, we have the "Pharaoh Bloomberg Incident" in which an unabashed poke at the Mayor caused the head of the City Council to "get mad and walk out" of a wage rally. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For the Love of Detail

This April, in lieu of late valentines cards, friends keep sending me links to Google Art Project. If you have not yet given it a go, it's kind of like looking through a very intimate telescope at the moon - you know it's a luscious round rock in the sky, but once you see the craters, you fall in love all over again.
is but one collection among many, but the preponderance of drawings gets the link.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sun K Kwak

Sun K Kwak translates the bodily gesture through masking tape, drawing space with bold lines directly affixed to the wall.

I was lucky enough to share gallery space recently with Sun, in Drawing Beyond, a group show in Princeton, NJ, curated by Marsha Levin-Rojer.