projections: accumulated line drawings—Boston
No Olvidado - Not Forgotten,
2010, graphite on paper, 23 drawings, 50” x 120” each.
Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer.
No Olvidado (Not Forgotten) is the title of one of Andrea Bowers’ largest and most well-known works, but the phrase could easily serve as a statement of purpose for a great deal of her artistic output. Covering three walls of her 2010 exhibition “The Political Landscape” at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, the piece consisted of a massive 10-foot-tall drawing that stretched for almost 96 feet. Against a smudgy graphite background, it portrayed the white ghost of a chain-link fence topped with coiled barbed wire, through which shone hundreds of names; each represented someone who died while trying to cross the Mexico/U.S. border.
What are the roles and problems of representation in public practice art?
How do artists reconcile activist and field-based practices with the necessities of production for gallery and museum?
What is the relationship between second and third wave Feminism?
What is the role of venue, object, and style in the identification, historification, and evaluation of art?
These are just some of the questions that artists Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy will attempt to address in their nine-day drawing session at The Drawing Center beginning next Saturday March 15th.
Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons will consist of drawing lessons provided by Bowers over the course of nine days as a platform for conversations; resultant drawings; video projection; and the installation of the lesson environment—lights, platform, drawing easels, etc. As they work together under scrutiny of the audience, Bowers and Lacy will explore in work and conversation questions they engage with in their practices in general.
Bowers and Lacy will inhabit the Main Gallery at The Drawing Center March 15 - March 23, 2014.
Above all, artists must not be only in art galleries or museums—they must be present in all possible activities. The artist must be the sponsor of thought in whatever endeavor people take on, at every level.
busy week: interviews, writing new proposals, progress on a bunch of pieces— here’s the current state of the studio wall
(plus my fingers are still sore and blistered from the recent ‘rubbed drawings’)
jonas dahlberg slices memory wound into utøya island
visualizations © jonas dahlberg studio, courtesy of KORO
the 3.5m wide cut in the woodland landscape replicates the experience of something being taken away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died on the norwegian island on july 22, 2011.