After a week of exploring new ideas and techniques on a smaller scale, I have been able to look at and consider different drawing processes within my practice. My back no longer aches from sitting for hours on end, on the floor with my biros.
I was lucky enough to get invited to The Drawing Room in London to attend a talk. They discussed their recent research on drawing as a practice and the issues relating to this. It really forced me to think critically about my own work and what it is I am trying to communicate with the viewer. The artists there included, Dr Tamarin Norwood, Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, Rachel Bacon and David Osbaldeston.
After the talk I attended the Antony Gormley exhibition at The Royal Academy. I was quite excited about this exhibition, although he does not relate to my own work, he is someone that all tutors at school would talk about. However, I must say.. sadly, this did not live up to my expectations. After visiting the gallery on several previous occasions, seeing Anselm Kiefer and Ai Weiwei I really expected more!
The biggest disappointment was his “drawing in space,” personally for me this requires the viewer to engage with the drawing, ducking and walking over different parts of the huge metal structure. However, I assume for health and safety reasons, the work had to be viewed when walking around the edge of the room.
Saying this I must say there were several occasions during my visit that his use of sculpture and line, managed to confuse my mind, losing perception of depth especially when viewing.