Autumn 2016 Drawing Centre Diepenheim presents an exhibition in which the curious subjective worlds of drawing artists is central. Nowadays, there are many artists who create imaginative worlds, ranging from surrealistic and enchanting to raw or completely abstract. At first, these works seems an escape from everyday reality, but the reality can be felt and the works are even partly based on it.
In these times of acceleration and information overkill the need to withdraw into your own story and into alternative worlds, is not so much a form of romantic escapism in which the artist turns away from reality, but rather a necessary artistic way of looking for personal alternatives to cope with reality. In these personal innermost feelings many recognizable elements and archetypical phenomenons are to be discovered.
They are often drawings telling about personified myths, memories or fantasies, sometimes with a theatrical character. Altough in movies and in other new media everything is possible now by using digital tricks, many visual artists just use drawing materials and therefore their handicraft, to create these imaginary ‘new worlds’. Drawing, with its intimate and direct head-hart-hand-connection seems to lend itself very well indeed to convert vulnerability and doubt, which arise from someone’s perception of their environment, into it’s own parallel world. This exhibition shows both traditional drawing on paper and working with paper as a sculptural possiblity.
Curator: Nanette Kraaikamp
From 17 September till 27 November.
Image: Lenneke van der Goot – Place #3, 180 x 240 cm, oa inkt en collage op papier, 2016