Drawing Now Philadelphia 2014 / by Colin Keefe

So I’m included in this show coming in September (Sabina Tichindeleanu, curator, Emelie Keim Viss, assistant curator) - it looks to be a great collection of Philly based artists who focus on drawing as a studio practice.  All the other artists are folks I look up to.  Here’s the roster: Ruth Scott Blackson, Astrid Bowlby, Amze Emmons, Alexis Granwell, Daniel Heyman, Sharka Hyland, Colin Keefe, Erin Murray, Michelle Oosterbaan, Serena Perrone, Mia Rosenthal, Hiro Sakaguchi, Caroline Santa, and Samantha Simpson.  

Opening’s September 5th at ArtSpace Liberti.  Press release here on ArtGrind, and included inline below.  Click through the images below for credits.

 

Serena Perrone "Auditory Evidence," 2009 Woodcut and silverpoint on mylar 9.75" x 12" Image courtesy of Cade Tompkins Projects

 

Mia Rosenthal "After Bierstadt: Storm in the Mountains," 2013 Ink on paper 13¼" x 20" Image courtesy of Gallery Joe

 

Drawing is a process of investigation, of testing, and questioning, a meditation on the medium itself. Drawing pushes beyond being a simple (in some views, preliminary) medium; it becomes a language, an extension of the artist. It is used as notation, as a means to translate streams of consciousness or experiment with ideas and processes. Shirking grandeur, ostentation, and effect, the flexibility of drawing as well as its economy of means allows for a sincere revelation of the artist’s mark and purest aesthetic gestures.

I am proud to introduce DRAWING NOW PHILADELPHIA, highlighting local artists who exemplify the versatility of drawing by stretching the traditional boundaries of the genre. Philadelphia’s response to Drawing Now Paris/Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, DNP will feature 14 Philadelphia-based artists whose work is at the forefront of the medium: Ruth Scott Blackson, Astrid Bowlby, Amze Emmons, Alexis Granwell, Daniel Heyman, Sharka Hyland, Colin Keefe, Erin Murray, Michelle Oosterbaan, Serena Perrone, Mia Rosenthal, Hiro Sakaguchi, Caroline Santa, and Samantha Simpson.

 

Erin Murray "Lossiness," 2012 Charcoal and graphite on paper 24" x 72"

 

DRAWING NOW PHILADELPHIA, hosted by ArtSpace Liberti, opens on September 5, 2014and will run through October 26, 2014. Join us for First Friday, Second Thursday, and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, as well as artist talks, and other events.

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DRAWING NOW PHILADELPHIA

Sabina Tichindeleanu, curator

Emilie Keim Viss, assistant curator

ArtSpace Liberti, 2424 E. York St.

Opening: September 5, 2014, 6pm

 

Daniel Heyman "Gibbon with Camel’s Hump Dartmouth," 2013 Oil, pencil, gouache on mylar 36" x 54" Image courtesy of Cade Tompkins Projects

 

Michelle Oosterbaan “Night Atlas,” 2013 Mixed media on Arches paper 22” x 30"

 

Colin Keefe "Heliotrope," 2013 Ink on paper 30” x 44”

 

Caroline Santa "Oval"