Interestingly, contemporary artists in this age of digitalisation and social media are increasingly focusing again on drawing. This is perhaps a coincidence considering that the medium is generally regarded as the most direct of all forms of artistic expression. With its intimate appeal, its narrative as well as subjective inquisitive potentials, the gestures of drawing exert a fascination that is now appears more relevant than ever.
With their Prix de dessin de la Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain, the French collectors have been supporting artists who have made drawings their primary means of expression since 2006. Three artists of all ages and backgrounds are nominated every year by an international jury of specialists. The prize represents an exciting cross-section of current international trends in the field of contemporary drawing. A tendency in the direction of the figurative, the narrative, and indeed even the fantastic is evident in the works of the 33 artists at the heart of the presentation in the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum.
The exhibition features works by artists such as Charles Avery, Ulla von Brandenburg, Marcel Dzama, Jana Gunstheimer, Susan Hefuna, Tomasz Kowalski, Ciprian Muresan, Pavel Pepperstein, Catharina van Eetvelde and Jorinde Voigt.
Curators: Astrid Ihle, René Zechlin
Pencil, ink, acrylic on paper, framed
Paper size: 225 x 220 cm | 88 5/8 x 86 5/8 in Frame size: 241 x 236 x 7.6 cm | 94 7/8 x 92 7/8 x 3 in
Acrylic, ink, pencil and gouache on paper
158 x 218 cm | 62 1/4 x 85 7/8 in
Watercolour, acrylic, pencil and ink on paper mounted on linen, framed
53 x 68 x 4.1 cm | 20 6/7 x 26 3/8 x 1 5/8 in
Watercolour, acrylic, pencil and ink on paper mounted on linen
38 x 51.5 cm | 15 x 20 1/4 in (unframed) 50.3 x 53.5 x 5.8 cm | 19 3/4 x 21 1/8 x 2 1/4 in (framed)
Since 2004, the Scottish artist Charles Avery (1973, Oban, UK) has dedicated himself to the invention of an imaginary island, new corners of which he continues to chart through drawings, sculptures, texts, ephemera and (more rarely) 16mm animations and live incursions into our own world. Known only as ‘the Island’, Avery’s wave-lapped realm is not only a vividly realised fiction, teeming with sights both strange and strangely familiar.