“A line is a trail of movement.”
Sergei Einstein (filmmaker)

“There’s no such thing as a line; there is only light and shade.”
Alfred Hitchcock (filmmaker)

The two quotations, although of filmmakers, more-or-less address the essentials of the main debates on Drawing.

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression, the cave and rock paintings created by Homo Sapiens, demonstrate that it was a form of communication preceding writing.

Drawings, in the visual arts, are considered to be the foundations of an artistic practice.

Artists use it as a means of investigating ideas, thought and exploring form and technique. Through their drawings, the viewer gets to know and understand the artist.

Quite often artists do drawing and sketches as a study towards a final production of an artwork, like sculpture or painting. Even filmmakers have used drawing as a tool, notably, Satyajit Ray, Walt Disney, Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton. Its importance in animation is obvious.

The definition of Drawing is often occupied with the two positions of whether drawings are just lines and the use of colour makes it a painting. There are no strict definitions. Despite the purist’s insistence on the formation of line and absence of colour to define drawing, one cannot deny that a work formed by dots or shading (as many forms of tribal and folk art), or wholly in line but in a range of colours, is a drawing. In this show, drawings are presented as a work of art, where ideas and thought come to life; as the interior landscape of an artist’s mind and of cultures and different practices they have absorbed and adapted from.

For exhibition information : Gayatri Sharma : cimacal@bsnl.in

Dates : Dec 12, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

For enquiries : Animesh Dey [cimagallery@dataone.in]



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