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Nelson Gallery Fall 2012 Exhibition

UC DAVIS’ NELSON GALLERY ANNOUNCES THE EXHIBITION OUT OF LINE: A SHOW OF EXTENDED DRAWING PRACTICES FEATURING THE WORKS OF EIGHT ARTISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The exhibition will run from September 27 to December 16, 2012, with a public opening on September 27 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of art making, yet artists continue to find ways to evolve the tradition. In this exhibition artists will be shown who are extending drawing into very large scale, and examining “the line” per se.

Bette Burgoyne of Seattle will show a very long white pencil drawing of organic shapes gathered on a spool of black paper, along with a video of the drawing being unrolled. Jim Denevan of Santa Cruz will show beach drawings he has executed that can literally be measured in miles. Jeff Eisenberg of San Francisco will show six-foot long pencil drawings of imaginary architecture, and Carol Bernard of Davis will show abstracted landscape pen and ink drawings of that same scale. Jim Melchert of Oakland will show two ceramic sculptures with jagged painted lines; UC Davis alum Julia Haft-Candell, from LA will show two ceramic and mixed media sculptures based on improvisation with line. Another alum, Hong Zhang, from will show enormous drawings of her hair. Finally, Michigan artist Larry Cressman will build a site-specific wall installation of black sticks.

“Each of the artists in the show has their own practice, in which the line is one of a number of central elements. By juxtaposing the works, I’m making a curatorial argument that they all also share an interest in large scale, and in an improvisational, unpredictable line, whether jagged or swooping, that thrills the eye.” says Nelson director Renny Pritikin.

For further images and information, please contact Katrina Wong at kliwong@ucdavis.edu.

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