Published September 13, 2012
The “subservient” medium of drawing will be showcased in “Falling through Space Drawn by the Line,” an exhibition on view in the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, Sept. 20 through Dec. 8.
The exhibit will open with a free public reception from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 20.
The UB Art Gallery also will hold a number of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition.
“Falling through Space Drawn by the Line” lures viewers into imagined landscapes—through fields of abstraction and into recollections and observations of lived experiences, according exhibition co-curator Sandra Q. Firmin, curator of the UB Art Gallery.
The artists work on paper and employ drawing as their primary mode of expression “to pictorialize internal visions and grapple with the external world around them,” Firmin says, adding that up until the 20th century, drawing was generally considered “subservient” to painting, sculpture and architecture because it was employed in the preparatory sketches used to communicate and fine-tune ideas and forms.
“While drawing’s status has been elevated in recent years,” notes Firmin and exhibition co-curator Joan Linder, UB professor of visual studies, “it is still regarded for the ease and immediacy in which thoughts, perceptions and emotions can be visualized using widely available materials such as ink and graphite.”
As an embodied practice, drawing, the curators say, provides “an antidote to the preponderance of digital gadgetry and media images that have infiltrated all aspects of society”—much like the increasingly popular “do-it-yourself” culture and urban farming movements “celebrate the handmade and physically connect us to the modes of production that sustain us.”
Artists featured in the exhibition are Reed Anderson, George Boorujy, Saul Chernick, Marsha Cottrell, David Dupuis, Lori Ellison, Edie Fake, Rosemarie Fiore, Ellen Lesperance, Schuyler Maehl, Anne Muntges, Toyin Odutola, Michelle Oosterbaan, Tony Orrico, Charles Ritchie, Stan Shellabarger, Molly Springfield, Allyson Strafella, Charmaine Wheatley, Ripley Whiteside and Deborah Zlotsky.
Several public programs with artists featured in the exhibition have been scheduled in the gallery. They are: