On Big Drawings
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On Big Drawing |
and how it became a
in a pandemic year
Something has happened to drawing.
It has been snatched back from the
amateur sketcher and the art school copyist;
excused from the politeness
of the drawing room and
the perfunctoriness of the drawing-board.
Used for so long to outline form in nature – to describe an apple or the musculature of a classical torso - it is no longer just a stage before coloring-in.
Any requirement to merely give a perspective line has been waived. Its down-and-out days in the pissed-up subways of the anti-social behaviorist are similarly in question.
Drawing appears to have opened up a new space between the lyrical and the epic. Scaled up to the proportions of Renaissance fresco, Romantic history painting and Expressionist panorama, it has gone beyond the sketchbook page.
Drawing h a s g o n e B I G.