Hyperdrawing [IN: Hyperdrawing: beyond the lines of contemporary art]
chapterposted on 06.07.2012 by Russell Marshall, Phil Sawdon
Division of a book, which in a scholarly context usually treats a part of a larger subject in a stand-alone manner.
In this book authors and artists come together to explore the potential of what drawing in contemporary art theory and practice might become. In this follow-up to 2007’s Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, the editors of TRACEY curate contemporary drawing within fine art practice from 2006 through to 2010. Four essays and images from 33 international artists collectively explore the boundaries of the hyperdrawing space, investigating in essence what lies beyond drawing – images that use traditional materials or subjects whilst also pushing beyond the traditional, employing sound, light, time, space and technology. Over and above traditional views and practices, the authors and artists in this book recognise and embrace the opportunities inherent in the essential ambiguity of drawing. Practitioners of hyperreal works, 2d 3d 4d pieces and installations that push beyond photorealism all find their place within this new conception of hyperdrawing as techné, a productive space no longer limited by spatial boundaries. Artists including Catherine Bertola, Layla Curtis, Garrett Phelan, Suzanne Treister and Ulrich Vogl alongside the essays of Emma Cocker, Siún Hanrahan and Marsha Meskimmon provide a contemporary view in both visual and written form of how ambiguity can be used as a strategic approach in drawing research and practice. A gallery in book form, Hyperdrawing takes drawing beyond the interaction of pencil and paper and traces contemporary adventures in multiple dimensions and alternate realities.