VIS120 Week 7: drawing in exhibitions + books
Drawing in exhibitions...
HOTA, Gold Coast
The drawings in this exhibition by high school students often appeared drowned out by the louder and more dynamic and contrasting paintings or the sculptural pieces but they had an attraction - I was drawn in to look closer, to become more aware of my senses. I found myself wanting to see up close, to touch the drawings, initially pulled in by the skill of their execution, then pulling out to feel the meaning of what was being expressed. I had to work harder with the drawings - they demanded more of me than the other artworks but in this, they created an intimacy. I was also struck by how different it is looking at a drawing behind glass on a wall versus a drawing in a book. In my own drawing practice, this exhibition gave me insight into the unique place drawing has in art and how it holds it's own and creates subtle but powerful connection.
For me, this dense and detailed ink drawing illustrates well the quality of attention that is called for when viewing drawings on a wall in a gallery. It takes time to reveal the meaning and the eye jumps around.
Drawing in books...
On the other hand, the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is a true classic and a text I'd be glad to learn from to develop my drawing skills. It's thorough and conversational and really supportive. The step by step exercises are super clear and encouraging and great for beginners like me. There's lots of student examples and colour plates that detail artist drawings too. I look forward to working my way through this book as an adjunct to my studies. I think I'll check out the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook also.