30 November 2012

"Drop me a line"

Exhibition just ended at Laure Genillard; Drop Me A Line includes artists who have at one time or another used the linear in their work; their lines may be two-dimensional or three dimensional, incisive or blunt, angular or loopy, descriptive or verbal ... inscribed on canvas, on the wall, or in space. Another medium for line is the page, and just as one line can be followed by another, one page can follow another until we have a book. The factor of making books also links the artists in this exhibition. [paraphrased from the intro by curator Clive Phillpot]
Left, Comeback by Telfer Stokes; invisible on the wall, one of Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawings; in the foreground, Peter Downsbrough's Here.
Left, Hamish Fulton, 31 Walks, 1971-2010; right, Olivier Mosset's untitled lithographs.

We discussed whether Helen Douglas's Bridge Line - shown without glass on the handlist - was using the glass for an extra effect (to put the viewer into the picture?), or whether it got in the way of making out the image ... or both ...
Other artists in the show: Jan Dibbets, David Tremlett, Pavel Buchler, Simon Cutts, Daniel Buren, Richar Tuttle, David Connearn, Richard Long, Laurence Weiner, Davi Det Hompson, Edward Ruscha, Dieter Roth, Ray Johnson, Gary Woodley, Hanne Darboven, Jan Voss, Adrian Piper.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of Booktrek: Selected Essays on Artists' Books Since 1972, by the curator, Clive Phillpot. A number of the artists in the show are included briefly or substantially in the book.

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