Visited Bristol yesterday with the course, primarily to visit the drawing exhibition being held in the RWA. The exhibition was really impressive, a huge selection which covered most areas of drawing including many which are relevant to me area of study at the moment.
Some artists that had work which interested me were Janine Parthington with scalpel cuts in layers similar to what I dabbled in during the 3d project.
Rachel Nee had an interesting process which I couldn’t work out, the image was made with burn marks using matches which had left their print:
This process is great, combining two techniques, laser cutting and a candle which are the two extremes of a technology spectrum. The drawings created have an added atmosphere from the burn/soot marks.
Ilse Black had a piece of work which seemed to be a representation of space, or attempt to create an illusion of space. Searching her website I picked up on the use of cyan and red to be used with 3d glasses which again I have touched on but not fully explored.
Peter Matthews had a drawing:
This wasn’t the drawing he had in, the one in the RWA was titled 4 hours in the Atlantic ocean (England). I cannot work out what is happening in the drawings, I thought he was on a boat mapping or recording something but after visiting his website I found out he is actually in the ocean, I don’t know what he is recording but I love the rust addition and the map quality the drawings have.
Sax Impey had a huge drawing of a storm, titled “night, wind and sea increasing” what I enjoyed about the piece was it was a large dramatic emotive, expressionist blur but it was within a measured frame and marks and ruled lines were poking out at the corners which suggested there was a measurement to the whole thing.
An artist called Ross Wallis had put life drawings made on his ipad forward. These were quick looking sketches which ran on a slideshow. I should use my ipad casually more often.
William Rounce‘s drawing “The accumulation of marginal gains” seemed to use isometric projection from a central point, i liked it because it was a working drawing and so had that aesthetic to it.
Doug Burton used a 3d scanner I think to scan the ground of various places including the North Devon coast path, he then made print and videos of the resulting “drawings” that were created.
I liked these because of the concept of scanning little patches of ground, I like the way the drawings look and prefer the print outs to the fly through videos he had on. 3D printing and 3D scanning is exciting stuff, it would be great to get my hands on it.
Toni Davey had two great pieces on was called wave 2 and was a laser cut pice of paper with a grid on it. The image is illusional creating curves which morph put of the grid.
I especially liked his drawing Burn 27 however which was a grid which had been burnt, some areas had been burnt through more than others. I had experimented with this before and really enjoyed some of the results but again never invested much time into it. I think the new Thursday sessions will give me the chance to explore these various mediums I have neglected over other duties in the past.
David Miles had a piece called love story which was a sequence of crosses (or kisses) filling a page. This struck me as a simple systems drawing and I wonder what came first, the drawing or the idea.
There was also a drawing machine at the exhibition. I was a tad disappointed by it to be honest though. It was not the machine advertised on the front cover of the catalogue and turned out to be a simple hanging gondola type machine much like what I have researched many of before. The idea of a back pack which maps your position and journey has been done before as well. But it was interesting and enjoyable to see a drawing machine in an exhibition.