Deep Surfaces

To draw is to mark, to trace, to notice, to etch, to transpose, or even to print. A sheet of paper, a piece of cloth, wood, stone, skin, etc. To draw is to inscribe the surface of a support, whatever it may be, with a graphic feature that covers it and determines its aspect. If at its core, drawing is a deliberate expression of an intention (as per the Italian disegno or the French dessein), then it is through all possible forms, unto the most improbable and unforeseeable, that this intention can will itself into being. It can be deliberate,instinctual, accidental, involuntary, enlightened, blind, superficial, physical, and many other things. All in all, drawing is a generic term that cannot be encased in a definition or limited to a material, to a surface, or a thickness. It is by nature free, frank, and open.

Many an artist invents all kinds of working protocols to bring about the image they wish to reveal. One choosesphotography, another uses prints, and yet another opts fortransfers. One tattoos pigskin, the other draws on fish scalesand another uses a cuttlefish to represent the very animal. While artist A depicts a landscape by sewing its outlines onto canvas, artist B makes portraits of tattooed individuals, andartist C transforms terrible scars into singular geometric drawings. It plays out on the surface.
Given these examples, the exhibition ‘Deep Surfaces’ (à fleur de peau) presented as part of DRAWING NOW|PARIS purposefully assembles works that employ a vast array of figures and materials as well as the most diverse techniques and procedures. Here, drawing exists in all its forms, pushing against the conventional limits of normative hesitation and inviting the viewer to reconsider its nature, status, and function. Drawing – otherwise – somehow.

Philippe Piguet, Artistic Director

Psaume I, Azul Andrea, 2013
encre sur papier, 20 x 20 cm
courtesy de l’artiste

Marre de Vivre, Julien Benetton
2009, série acrylique sur papier
9 x 34 x 31 cm

Self-Portrait as Part of the Porcelain Export History 2 – neck
Haifeng NI, 1999-2001
c-print, 70 x 60, in situ Fabienne Leclerc

Trans II, VII, XI, XIII, XV, XVI, XX
Javier Perez, 2011
9 x (43,5 x 31,5 / 64 x 52 x 4)
collection Florence et Daniel Guerlain, Paris

Now is our future, in 2016

The members of the selection committee of DRAWING NOW PARIS who wished to participate in the cultural exhibition in 2016, Now is our future:

  • Colette Barbier with Sarah Tritz
  • Christian Bernard with Béatrice Cussol
  • Laurent Busine with Bertille Bak
  • Aude Cartier with Louise Pressager
  • Marc Donnadieu with Guillaume Talbi
  • Alexandra Fau with Charlotte Charbonnel
  • Sandra Hegedus with Chourouk Hriech
  • Olivier Kaeppelin with Assan Smati
  • Elsy Lahner with Micha Payer & Martin Gabriel
  • Nicolas Libert with The Kid
  • Emilie Ovaere-Corthay with Olivier Soulerin
  • Sébastien Peyret with Efren Alvarez
  • Philippe Piguet with Emmanuel Régent
  • Michel Poitevin with Karine Rougier
  • Jean-Marc Salomon with Tudi Deligne
  • Andreas Schalhorn with Pius Fox
  • Madeleine Van Doren with Jonathan Pêpe, en hommage à Bernard Point