The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh is currently showing The End of the Line: Attitudes in Drawing, which explores the work of artists utilizing the drawn line in new ways. While contemporary art practice is overwhelmingly defined by the moving image and new media this exhibition proposes that current explorations in drawing merit attention. The End of the Line rejects drawing’s secondary status and complex art historical legacy and instead presents drawing as a dynamic medium used to conceive anything from site-specific installations to more intimate works.
Artist Monika Grzymala brings a dizzying profusion of lines directly to the gallery walls using tape – creating large space drawings that are visceral and almost three-dimensional. Other artists use drawing as the principle element of multi-media installations. Garret Phelan’s work Battle for the Birds explores the relationship between man and nature, using drawing as the main element. Drawing is presented with new life through the immense variety on display, which includes the incorporation of animation and objects. The economic accessibility and intimacy of the drawing medium is made evident throughout the show.
Young contemporary artists from around the globe are included in this exploration of current drawing practices: Jan Albers (Netherlands), Michael Borremans (Belgium), Mark Brandenburg (Germany), Fernando Bryce (Peru/Germany), Kate Davis (New Zealand/Scotland), David Haines (England/Netherlands), Kim Hiorthøy (Norway), Monika Grzymala (Germany/Poland), Garret Phelan (Ireland), Naoyuki Tsuji (Japan) and Sandra Vasquez de la Horra (Chile).
The End of the Line: Attitudes in Drawing is a Hayward Touring exhibition realized in collaboration with mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Bluecoat, Liverpool and The Drawing Room, London. It remains at the Fruitmarket Gallery through 10 January 2010.