The Drawing Room, Tannery Arts, 12 Rich Estate, Crimscott Street, London, SE1 5TE

  • Drawing Room 150
    Title : Drawing Room 150
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    Title : Drawing Room 161
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    Title : Drawing Room 18
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    Title : Drawing Room 202
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    Title : Drawing Room 35
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    Title : Drawing Room 38
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    Title : Drawing Room 82
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    Title : Drawing Room 84
  • Mateo Lopez Nowehere Man 2
    Title : Mateo Lopez Nowehere Man 2

Images that are the result of itinerancy or nomadism, places, scenes and things observed along the way, abound. They journey out of the studio, into the neighbourhood, the city, the territory or entire continent beyond, in a manner that evokes by turns Surrealist, Borgesian or Situationist metropolitan perambulation, or exploration in wilderness spaces nature and culture.

The individual bodies of work destabilise assumptions about the continent. They present instead individual testaments to the extraordinary heterogeneity of its people, culture, languages, cities and landscape. These artists address the actions taken by man in the world, his passage through the landscape and impact upon it. Often, they themselves conduct journeys or undertake residencies as a form of aesthetic nomadism. Symptomatic of this itinerant tendency is their frequent recourse to drawing. Drawing has always been the most portable medium, the fundamental exploratory tool to which the artist returns time and again. However, for these artists, drawing has become a focus of expanded practices that engage with the landscape and culture as a subject and source for exploration, as well as philosophical speculation. Not only do they explore the world at large, but simultaneously the parameters of drawing itself, often using unconventional materials or strategies. These artists seek to blur the traditional boundaries between media categorisations; work on paper becomes sculptural object and simple line drawing becomes video animation. Drawing travels off the page and into the environment itself.

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