Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Germany and the United States

[caption id="attachment_22189" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Hanna Hennenkemper / re: 1/17, 2017 / Stamp on Japanese paper[/caption]   'Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Germany and the United States' was presented at the Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin. This project is curated by USA based artist and curator James Bockelman and comprised of nine artists from Berlin and six artists from the United States. Drawing Performance traveled to three different venues over thevcourse of a year 2016-17. The first was presented at the Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, then the Maxhausen Gallery of Art on the campus of Concordia University Nebraska, finally returning to the Gallery Inga Kondeyne, Berlin.   In this exhibition, Bockelman raises a question using the quote from John Cage about the field of drawing which has not been categorized until now.   “What is a drawing? No one knows any longer…something that doesn’t require that you wait while yourmaking it for it to dry? Something on paper? Its question of...

‘Expanded’ by Nicole Lenzi

[caption id="attachment_22189" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Brent Fogt / Hertson, 2011 /  ink and graphite on paper, 16 x 14.5 inches [/caption]   My interest in non-traditional drawing began in an undergraduate course called Experimental Drawing and continued through graduate school. The blog Expanded is dedicated to presenting diverse drawing practices happening around the region that I live, Baltimore/Washington D.C.; country (United States), and world. It is a framework for consideration of what a drawing can be. The goal was also to create a space where artists, educators, and other organizations can reference and form dialogues.   In 2010, I participated in an exhibition entitled Drawing in the Expanded Field at Clara Hatton Gallery, University of Colorado. After research, “expanded” was clearly a term used in many contemporary drawing shows and college courses. Five years later, it is the title of this blog.   Historically, drawings were made to plan a painting or sculpture. Over time drawing emerged as an art form in and of itself....

‘道 – Michi (way)’ by Kazuki Nakahara

Cheers! I am currently doing a residency at a printmaking workshop in a small village near Leipzig. When I heard of the concept of “Drawing Tube”, I imagined a well-ventilated thing that I could peek into at either end or from various ends. It is the circumstance that information flows not only in one direction, but goes backwards as well. I hope it will be a tool that connects the drawing scene across the world and allows anyone to see it.   In the book “文字逍遥 - Moji Shouyou (character stroll) ” written by an authority on kanji ideograms (Chinese characters) Shizuka Shirakawa, I found that the definition of ‘way’ and of ‘space’ is deeply connected with the concept of drawing. In the primitive age of kanji culture the concept of the word “道 - Michi (way)” included the meaning that when humans tried to expand their living area they invade the space where...