On Drawing: Line


PRESS RELEASE: On Drawing: Line, Jun 29 - Aug 17, 2013

On Drawing: Line
Jun 29 – Aug 17, 2013

Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, Texas is pleased to announce the opening of On Drawing: Line, an exhibition of recent work by eleven artists from throughout the U.S. The group of artists included are; Anna Bogatin, Todd Camplin, Theresa Chong, Jillian Conrad, Jacob El Hanani, Sharon Engelstein, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein, Christopher French, Richard Nix, Lauren Seiden and Mark Sheinkman.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The exhibition continues through Saturday, August 17, 2013. Approximately half of the artists are represented by Holly Johnson Gallery and the other half by Devin Borden Gallery. On Drawing: Line will travel to Devin Borden Gallery in Houston from September 6 – October 22, 2013. A catalogue will be available including an essay by Christopher French.
Several of the artists in On Drawing: Line use repetition to assemble intricate matrixes of repeated lines to stimulate one of humanity’s oldest skills: our ability to decipher structure or infer meaning from patterns. And others approach drawing not as a means to illusion, but allusion, using abstraction as a means of diagramming the world around them.
Artist and writer, Christopher French adds, “Not only is each artist a skilled devotee of this supple, transparent, and direct medium, but their works exemplify a growing divergence in contemporary approaches to this timeless form.  Many contemporary artists still view drawing’s purpose as referential and descriptive, but lines made by a pencil can now represent internal as well as external perspectives.  For the artists in this show drawing now serves as a means of formulating an idea or expressing a feeling by writing with images.”