Site drawing: drawing site

Shepley, Alec (2010) Site drawing: drawing site. [Show/Exhibition]

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Official URL: http://www.temple.edu/tyler/exhibitions/stellapast...

Abstract

This exhibition, held at the Stella Elkins Galleries, Philadelphia in September 2010, comprised 24 drawings and an accompanying publication. Stella Elkins Galleries, part of a the Temple Gallery programs, connects Philadelphia to new artists and important conversations about art that circulate internationally and has recently shown work by Cory Arcangel, Phil Collins, Paul Chan, Jesper Just, Kalup Linzy, Seth Price, Anri Sala, Berni Searle and Althea Thauberger, among many others. Through this curatorial policy, British artist and academic Alec Shepley, was invited to show drawings that were specially selected to demonstrate a particular function within his creative practice.

The drawings in this show provided 'book ends' to ten years' studio practice investigating notions of the 'unfinished work' and forming a procedural part of the 'making' involved in his larger scale installational projects e.g. 'A site for un-building' 2004-05 and others (see: http://alecshepley.org.uk/)

In this sense the drawings are 'site drawings' and they play an important and dynamic role on the development and final execution of a project. The subjects of these drawings i.e. tableaux, installations, are manipulated like collages - cut up and moved around, inverted etc, and similarly the drawings, especially the earlier ones are manipulated in this way and can be initially understood as 'drawing sites' exploring the 'un-making' and the 'unfinished' nature of the work (see - http://www.cpara.co.uk/events/repeatrepeat/embodiment.html and
http://sensuousknowledge.org/2008/05/alec-shepley/
).

The drawings function as a reflective tool in the dynamics of any given project and are the fragile precipitants or by-products of the often volatile interaction between artist and material.

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Keywords:Drawing, fine art, Art installation, creative practice, ruin, unfinished, Unmaking
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:4489
Deposited By: Alec Shepley
Deposited On:03 Jun 2011 08:28
Last Modified:02 Oct 2013 14:48

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