The Reading Room Hosted by MAP
Richard Talbot the chair
Richard is the AHRC Research Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at Newcastle University, UK http://www.richardtalbot.org/
20 mins presentations by invited artist…
An interesting introduction by the chair Richard Talbot introduced the notion of the relationship between 2D and 3D art forms within drawing… he talked of his own personal drawing practice as building or making.
Speculated on the intentions that artists and people in general have for drawing… emphasised drawing as a method of reassessing our knowledge of the world.
Richard Talbot pointed to recent exhibitions of drawing at Kettles Yard particularly a show curated by Barry Phipps who displayed drawings of artists, surgeons, engineers, astronomers and architects together linked by a thread of speculation and open ended thinking.
“Lines of Enquiry: Thinking Through Drawing” at Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge (2006).
Looked at the work she had made from a number of residencies (Villa Roma, Italy ; Metal Residency; Kyoto Art Centre Japan  and the V&A [2006-2008])
Sian Bowen work was interested in/investigated a number of interconnected issues
i) Between Surface or figure and ground… creating ephemeral drawings by scavenging support material e.g. old wallpaper, and using reflective pigments on reflective grounds etc.
ii) Between damage and the creative impulse… drawing by burning in a manner that must be ‘controlled’ to a certain degree.
– Directing light
Light activating a drawing (how a drawing changes in different lights, how this is controlled in different settings) shadows as part of a drawing.
– Intimacy and scale
Using old love letter obliterating the written meaning but holding onto the sense of intimacy, the mark a fingerprint leaves