Barry (detail) David Roper 2010
Now Let’s Do Another One: An Exhibition of Life Drawings
22 March to 15 April 2011
David Roper, the curator and Life Drawing Tutor, says: Life drawing classes may have been gradually phased out in British art schools over the past forty years, but this does not reflect their continuing popularity and usefulness with professional and amateur artists. The works included in Now let’s do another one… were all made by regular visitors to a two hour drop – in class. Inevitably, given the brief time, a heavy emphasis is on speed, with poses ranging from as little as 30 seconds. The purpose of this is to warm up the artists’ hand to eye co-ordination, prior to a model’s final pose, which might last as long as 45 minutes. The results are varied and fascinating.
Artists: Paul Barton, David Roper, Will Myers, Michael Ward, Jane Hinchcliffe, Richard Story, Jos Van Heugten, Sam Thomas and Monica Shanta Brown. Curated by David Roper email@example.com
Amber Muir-._.Letting Go (Series A)
An Exhibition Featuring Students from East Central College: Nick Brobst, Matt Lawson, Rhiannon McGee, Amber Muir and Faculty Sponsor and Curator: Adam Watkins
The work of Nick Brobst sits within the juxtaposition of urban street art and fine art with the use of text as pure form. Matt Lawson uses the human condition as his muse as he looks into himself through his work. Rhiannon McGee delves into the ideas of connection and belonging. The theme of self, identity and coming of age is central to the work of Amber Muir. The newest work of Adam Watkins is surrounded by a desire for love, truth and belonging mixed with personal translations of Derrida’s theories on Ontology.
Human Truths seeks to show the interplay between positive and negative shapes, spaces and ideals along with the use text that seeks to communicate on a broad level, as well as, to personal and disparate ends. This work is bold and striking both formally and visually. These initially bold images simultaneously present an underlying statement of truth. Truths not specified, but softly alluded to, or suggested and magnified by the viewer’s own interpretations. Whether these interpretations remain formal in nature or if they delve into the underlying subjective meanings of truths, a conversation or discourse is begun and continued.
We must be students of history and seek to not repeat. If Post-Modernism and the 21st century have taught us anything, it is not to repeat yet to (re)investigate, (re)examine, (re)configure and (re)contextualize. We are allowed to draw new lines, new parallels and new perpendiculars as we seek out our own human truths.
Curated by Adam Watkins firstname.lastname@example.org