Nov 30th 2017

Unapologetic Drawing

@ Ralph Arnold Gallery

1131 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Thursday, November 30th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Friday, January 26th

Unapologetic Drawing

Curated by Besty Odom and Rafael E. Vera

Participating artists: Deb Sokolow, Ryan Travis Christian, Geoffry Smalley, Michael X. Ryan, Robyn O’neil, Rory Monaghan, and Erin Washington

Drawing is the artist’s most basic tool, serving as a preparatory device across disciplines. It is often thought of as a way of charting, sketching, writing, and cataloging ideas. Yet, drawing also reveals the direct touch of the artist; the most essential and personal gesture in its purest sense.

Unapologetic Drawing explores drawing not as a support for something other, but as a medium in its own right. Highlighting the evident involvement of the artist’s hand through intricate mark-making and expressive gesture, the works in this show are singular in their presence and vision, and yet they demand a close experience with the viewer. As such, the drawing process is simultaneously intimate and monumental. They are drawings because they need to be. From Deb Sokolow’s diagram-like large-scale work to Ryan Travis Christian’s dark comic world, they are unapologetic in tone, presence and identity.

Image above: Ryan Travis Christian, Andrew Arthur Morgenroth (detail), 2014. Graphite on paper. 24h x 21w in.

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