Monday, November 21, 2011

More on Dancing and Drawing

It seems to come up at least once a year, more often when I'm looking and listening more closely, this explicit connection between the danced and drawn mark. The latest on the radar is Dance/Draw at the ICA in Boston. Positing the connection of the body, mark, and space, this exhibition points to how bodily expression carries across mediums, taking us from the 1960s onward.

Thank you, Amy L. Powell for the ICA point!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Doodling Data, at long last!

Sunni Brown takes us on a five minute redemption campaign for putting pen to paper in the midst of meetings - not only do we retain nearly 30% more information whilst adoodle, we are more likely to integrate ideas while making marks.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I Am Still Alive (until tomorrow)

No, not a dire personal proclamation of any sort. The MoMA's drawing exhibition, I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing closes tomorrow, September 19. What better time to highlight the MoMA's outstanding online resource for drawing, contemporary and modern? I am getting link happy, but the searchable collection is a wonderful thing.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Woodward at the EAM

Chicago artist Matt Woodward's graphite drawings inspire me to look up - to find the features at altitude, to savor the moments of care and intricacy that grace our facades, to cherish fading light and passing time.

Woodward's latest exhibition opens this Friday at the Elmhurst Art Museum, in The Tremendous Alone.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Of Zoetropes and Transiscopes

I harbor a deep and abiding love for raw animation, the grittier the better. A new gritty high (and low) for me, as seen in the Masstransiscope, Bill Brand's 228-frame work from 1980, which fills the tunnels from Dekalb Avenue into Manhattan (lucky B and Q!). Video and full project information is here. Thank you Heidi Rae Cooley!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dancing with Lines

Sarita Chouhan (Mumbai) and Lucie Betz (Frieburg, Germany) bring together the concerns of dance, space, bodies and the line in their collaborative drawing performances. Threads, the video featured here, was shown at the Paris Butoh Festival, in June 2011. See more on their project here.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

More Blog-on-Blog Action

If you are Facebook-friendly, Blogged has a running compilation of reviews of the top drawing blogs in the current mix.

For the FB-hostile, here's the Blogged list of drawing and illustration faves.

Both are an excellent way to navigate the ever-expanding flow of goodness (and not-so-goodness).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thanks to Jane Nodine for sharing this video of Jeri Ledbetter in conversation about observation, reaction, and image making.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cut as Line, Arboreal Version

Thank you, Craig Crossley, for sharing these gorgeous bits of cut line work, executed on leaves. See more at Lorenzo Duran's website.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2012 - October Deadline

Art House Co-op is doing it again - last year's tour featured 10,000 unique hand-drawn sketchbooks, globally made, compiled in grand style. Join in for the 2012 round by signing up by October 31st - $25 gets you a blank sketchbook and a spot on the tour and in the archives. Finish your sketchbook and post it back to Brooklyn by January 31; the tour begins in April.

Full registration details and project info can be found here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Direct from State Lunatic Asylum No. Three...

The Electric Pencil Drawings were rescued from a Missouri trash heap in 1970, but date back to the early 1900s. 142 drawings, bound in a hand-made book, have found their way into contemporary folk art culture, and give a glimpse into a sustained impulse to recollect, record, and imagine.

The identity of the Electric Pencil has yet to be discovered.

Thank you, Ellen Zev Siebers, for the link!

DRAW International

I had the extreme pleasure of spending a month this summer at DRAW International, a residency centre dedicated to intensive drawing practice and research. Located in Caylus, a small medieval village in southwest France, the centre is run by John and Grete McNorton, two artists and educators who understand the value of experimentation and sustained focus in the studio.

Their website profiles the work of the residents and of the centre, including how to submit an application for a residency -

A sample of the work I did while in Caylus is here.

Wall of Fame

So I have never quite mastered the art of drawing with my index finger pushing on the Mac trackpad, but this inspires me to try (or to just use a proper mouse, or get a stylus!).

Wall of Fame is a sprawling, real-time, collaborative drawing which lets you draw with (and on top of) others on-line, using a range of Edding markers. The sound effects alone are worth the visit! Thank you Kathy O'Connell for the link! And let it be noted that the image is but a wee sliver of all there is to see... it doth sprawl!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Drawing at the Morgan

One of my favorite places in the world has gotten even better, as the Morgan Library and Museum announces the launch of the Morgan Drawing Institute.

Comprised of a program of exhibitions, institutes, and research fellowships, the Drawing Institute will be overseen by Linda Wolk-Simon.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Waiting for Hockney

I'm curious how an awareness of technique can influence the viewing of this film (what happens when your heartbeat interferes with a mark?), but regardless, it's 90 minutes of interesting questions about labor, authority, intention, and (of course) drawing.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Line by Line

In case you missed this spectacular twelve part series on drawing and perception by James McMullan in the New York Times, I direct you now, with all haste and excitement:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Drawing in Spain

Looking toward spring, and seeking drawing and travel opportunities both?