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‘8 Lines’ at Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough
20 June -
A Saturation Point project curated by Patrick Morrissey and Hanz Hancock.
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8 Artists | 8 Lines of enquiry
THE NUMBER 8: The atomic number of oxygen, the bits in a byte, the primary planets in our solar system, the vertices in a cube…
In the exhibition 8 Lines, a group of eight artists responded to the number eight through a diverse range of drawing processes. They explored the figurative, notional, mathematical, geometrical, and cultural signifiers of the number eight, considering visual systems, form and structure through drawing.
The artists developed a personal line of enquiry that extended their experiences
of using the drawn line in their individual practices, each of which encompasses
drawing in various ways – planning, mapping, thinking, intervening, marking, executing
Richard Serra’s declaration that “Drawing is a verb, not a noun”, suggests that drawing is a ‘doing ‘thing rather than a static activity, and is a way to exemplify the artist’s relationship with drawing as a tool for active engagement and response.
The exhibition enables each artist to examine the generative capacity of drawing within their own practice, resulting in eight different ways to use the drawn line to explore a shared theme: 8 Lines.
Artists: Duncan Bullen, Rachael Clewlow, Ben Gooding, Nick Kennedy, Francesca Simon,
Wendy Smith, Mary Yacoob
Mary Yacoob, Octagon, site-
Duncan Bullen, Greyscale 001, pencil on paper, 50x50cm 2019
Duncan Bullen, Greyscale 002, pencil on paper, 50x50cm 2019
Nick Kennedy, Truth Plotter series, 2019. mechanical electrical installation
Francesca Simon, Discovery Bay, 2019, pigment marker and acrylic on card and polyester drawing film, 34 x 43cm
Morrissey & Hancock, Tracery, TQID series, 2019, acrylic, marker pen on panel, 122cm x 122cm
Mary Yacoob, Octagon, detail