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DRN Temporal Drawing Online Exhibition Call: Deadline 26th February 2021

4 February 2021

3 mins

Tamarin Norwood

Continuing the annual Drawing Research Network events, the Drawing Research Group at Loughborough University are pleased to invite submissions for an online exhibition of drawing, curated by Susan Kemenyffy, which aims to explore the notion of ‘Temporal Drawing’. We invite responses to the theme from anyone practicing drawing in a traditional or expanded way. We suggest the following as starting points and as possible prompts and provocations:

• How can drawing ‘reveal’ in time?
• Can drawing be timeless?
• Is stillness possible in and through drawing?
• What is the role of pace in the processes of making and looking at drawing?
• How can duration be explored in drawing?
• How can erasure be explored in drawing?

By ‘temporal drawing’ we suggest that temporality is not only inherent in drawing, both as a process and as a product, but is also its fundamental condition. To draw is to draw inescapably in and of time. If to make a mark is to capture the trace of a gesture, then mark-making reveals the movement of time—of the living present becoming past, and of the past contracting into the present. With this dynamism come repetitions and difference: further marks in anticipation of a present yet to come. Thus, a drawing traces and is traced by these movements and looking closely and slowly at a drawing becomes an act of contemplation that holds motion beneath its surface. And so, we ask: how can we explore the time of drawing? How does time prompt us to think differently about drawing?

Please submit drawings in response to the theme in any of the following formats:
• up to 3 jpeg images of drawn works (resolution 300dpi)
• 1 audio/video submission (MP3/MP4) max running time 3 mins

Please label your file as follows: surname.title of work.exhibition (for example: smith.drawing 1.exhibition) and submit using the online form below :

Deadline: Friday 26th February 2021

Susan Kemenyffy has supported the work of TRACEY for many years as a peer reviewer for the journal. Throughout decades, ‘Drawing’—in all its mediums, permutations & iterations—has been the keystone to the work that Susan Kemenyffy has explored, both within her studios & without, in natural & designed landscapes. Her work in these arenas has been strengthened by her Past Chairmanship of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts & her recent recognition as a Distinguished Daughter of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania—the Keystone State.


hosted by TRACEY at Loughborough University

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