Drawing is enjoying a renaissance in contemporary Australian art. This exhibition examines new approaches to drawing and the reinvigoration of drawing practice by many (mostly young) artists from across the nation who have spear-headed its resurgent popularity.
The exhibition adopts the traditional definition of drawing as ‘mark-making’, but its focus extends to performative works that feature the production of marks as well as art objects. As a result it includes both drawings and works about drawing.
The range of works comprises collaborative and performative drawings, animation, as well as works that feature the cross-over between drawing and the graphic arts.
Above: Laith McGregor Hex 2008, biro on paper, collection of Clinton Ng, Sydney. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney © the artist. Below: James Morrison Cape Saunders 2008, papier-mâché and ink in perspex case. Image courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney © the artist. Sky Bivens, Chalk Ring 2005, copper, gold spray paint, chalk, 2.5x3.8cm and Chalkboard Necklace 2005, gelutong, chalkboard paint, nylon, sterling silver, gold spray paint, 40.6 long. Cassandra Laing No time to waste 2006, graphite and charcoal on paper, collection of Artbank, Sydney Image courtesy the estate of Cassandra Laing and Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne © Cassandra Laing.