Preview :: The Drawing Room at Breenspace

December 13th 2011


“Form alone, even though totally abstract and geometrical, has a power of inner suggestion.” Wassily Kandinsky


In an age where many artists seem to be turning to ever more ephemeral and technologically based mediums, it’s nice to take the time to cast our minds (and eyes) back on one of the roots of our artistic expression – good old fashioned drawing. Early next year, Breenspace is giving us the chance to do just that, opening their show The Drawing Room, a collection of (you guessed it) drawn works – although in this case there’s nothing old fashioned about them.

The works in the exhibition, so the press release tells me, look to Kandinsky’s proposition that a line is a point set in motion, looking at the ways in which artists build analogies between drawing, thought and movement. Sounds like a lofty aim, but with the line up they’ve got contributing, the show promises to be a cracker. With a swag of local artists, both emerging and more established, as well as a couple of out-of-towners thrown in for good measure, The Drawing Room takes drawing to places its never been before, pushing the boundaries of this often traditionally-conceived form.

The artists involved span a ridiculous number of mediums and practices, including sculpture, performance, street art, printmaking, weird and wonderful machine building, text works, installation, new media, photography, jewelry design, sound art, collage, dance, painting, and – of course – drawing. Add to the mix a considerable number of awards, major shows, public art, and general infamy among them, and baby – you’ve got a stew going. Featuring the likes of Mitch Cairns, Will French, Simryn Gill, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Joyce Hinterding, Rob McLeish, Prudence Murphy, Nike Savvas, and Hossein Valamanesh, The Drawing Room will have you reaching for your nearest HBs. Just make sure they’re not spoken for.


What: The Drawing Room

Where: Breenspace, Level 3, 17 – 19 Alberta St, Sydney

When: 20 Jan – 18 Feb, 2012

How much: Free


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