After attending a fantastic panel discussion on ‘Drawing as Document’ at the Jerwood Space, London – it struck me: I am lucky to be an artist drawn to drawing, but more-so than ever, drawing needs more artists championing the discipline and exploring what drawing can be. Although old textbooks may list rankings of important practices above using graphite and paper, one thing is certain – Anita Taylor, Kate Macfarlane and so many others in the room have been rooting for drawing and have helped create an exciting field to explore and elevate the importance of drawing (and the act of drawing). Among the other artists at the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, I have never felt so proud to be in a space. Drawing is an intimate, modest mode of working. It is direct and sincere, allowing time and mediation to materialise. And as a product of what Taylor suggests, drawing is evidence of presence.
The exhibition uncovers what drawing processes may entail. It demonstrates a discipline that suggests how a single photograph or line can unfold to make a drawing. Through the implementation of elements such as duration and sound, empathy and history, works in the show move drawing beyond the initial visual form of perception but expand concepts that unravel time and space and thinking about the discipline. The Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition 2017 is closing this Sunday, here in London, but will go on to tour UK for the year. I encourage you not to miss it, as it's a thoughtfully curated show and the largest exhibition for drawing in the UK. I just hope next time – we’ll see more artists pushing boundaries and testing drawing, and moreover really celebrating what might be to some 'just' drawing. http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/exhibitions/jerwood-drawing-prize-2017/
The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, presented in collaboration with Bath Spa University.