[NetBehaviour] Pencil-Line-Eraser: An Interesting and Worthwhile Exhibition at Carroll/Fletcher, London
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Sep 8 11:21:10 CEST 2014
Pencil-Line-Eraser: An Interesting and Worthwhile Exhibition at
Michael Szpakowski reviews Pencil-Line-Eraser, the 'expanded' drawing
exhibition at Carroll/Fletcher in London and finds a great deal to
commend in it, though it also raises some knotty problems too...
“Pencil / Line / Eraser, the current exhibition at Carroll/Fletcher,
spanning both the main Eastcastle Street gallery and their nearby Riding
House Street project space, is well worth a visit. It’s never less than
engaging and there are several pieces that lodge, linger and ferment in
the mind long after the bus or train ride home.
They describe the show as “surveying recent works in expanded drawing
which use paper and line as a point of departure” and, let me say again,
whatever I have to say that is critical you won’t waste your time there.
Far from it.
This review will be in two parts – first, & with an innocent(ish) eye,
I’ll sing the praises of the work that itself sang to me during my visit
and then I’ll vent about the things that irritated me, more a question
of contextualisation and commentary than of the work itself, although in
today’s text ridden and intention trumpeting art world it’s sometimes a
little difficult to unpick one from the other. Since the artists cannot
completely escape responsibility this has consequence for any assessment
of some of the work.” Szpakowski
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