Double Take at Drawer Room

Double Take, a two-venue exhibition exploring the relationship between drawing and photography, taking place at Drawing Room and The Photographer’s Gallery, London.

13 Apr 2016 – 12 Jun 2016

Dove Allouche, Josh Brand, Tacita Dean, Margarita Gluzberg, Matt Saunders and Thomas Zummer
 Installation image of Double Take photo courtesy of Lucy Dawkins

Installation image of Double Take photo courtesy of Lucy Dawkins

Drawing and photography are each considered the most direct, ‘transparent’ media with which to engage with the world. They share fascinating parallels: the relationship to the indexical, the blank sheet of paper or surface, graphite and silver, pencil weight and aperture, the sense of an invisible ‘apparatus’ (the camera and pencil), the engagement with surface, light, negative and positive and the trace. Double Take seeks to explore the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined and mirrored to extend both practices into new arenas in modern and contemporary practices.

 Thomas Zummer, 'Elektro' Smoking, 2007-10 Graphite, carbon, erasure on paper, 28.2 x 35.2cm

Thomas Zummer, ‘Elektro’ Smoking, 2007-10 Graphite, carbon, erasure on paper, 28.2 x 35.2cm

Drawing and photography are each considered the most direct, ‘transparent’ media with which to engage with the world.  They share fascinating parallels:  the relationship to the indexical, the blank sheet of paper or surface, graphite and silver, pencil weight and aperture, the sense of an invisible ‘apparatus’ (the camera and pencil), the engagement with surface, light, negative and positive and the trace. Double Take seeks to explore the multifarious ways photography and drawing have been combined and mirrored to extend both practices into new arenas in modern and contemporary practices.

This two-part exhibition is a unique collaboration between two major, medium-specific, London institutions and provides fertile ground for an exploration of the specialism of each. Drawing Room and The Photographer’s Gallery produce exhibitions that demonstrate the primary roles that drawing, and photography, perform in recent and contemporary practice. This collaboration reveals that the manipulation of materials, whether within the confines of a medium, stretching its limit or borrowing from other media, gives artists passage to new visual languages and forms of expression.

At Drawing Room the six contemporary artists will each present serial works executed in a range of photographic media, graphite and projection. Sources are chanced upon, or obsessively collected, and each is embedded with temporality: a now dead artist’s found notations; growing mould spores; skulls; pictures of robots; press photographs from the 1920s; images of consumption self-destructing. Procedures linked to the medium of drawing – the labour of laying down repetitive marks in materials such as graphite and ink, and the manipulation of the apparatus of photography – the lens, the shutter, darkroom processes – transform these sources. The works have a physical, tactile quality that we can relate to and the clarity of line is traded for the indistinctiveness of shadow. In an era in which images proliferate, seemingly defining who we are and what we believe in, and in which the flat screen is the chief method of their insinuation into our lives, it is this connection with matter that invites engagement.

FREE ADMISSION

Tues – Fri 11am–6pm Sat and Sun 12 – 6pm Open late until 8pm on the last Friday of every month

Outset Study is open during exhibition hours and for ‘Tea’ Thursdays between exhibitions. For special research visits appointments are recommended, more info here.

Please note the gallery is closed between exhibitions

  Drawing Room Website  @drawingroomldn  drawingroom.org.uk
  Unit8, Rich Estate, 46 Willow Walk, London SE1 5SF United Kingdom


 

The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery

Double Take at The Photographers’ Gallery

15 April – 3 July 2016

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How to get to the Drawing Room

Public Transport

Buses:

1 & 188 stop on Grange Road

53, 63, 168, 172, 363 & 453 stop on Old Kent Road

42 & 188 stop Tower Bridge Road/Grange Road

Tube

Bermondsey, Borough, London Bridge  | Overground: Canada Water then bus No 1 to Grange Road

On Foot:
From London Bridge is a 20 min walk:
From London Bridge station, head northeast and then turn right onto Tooley Street. Turn right onto Bermondsey Street. Walk its length down to the junction at Bermondsey Square and just after the square turn right onto Tower Bridge Road. Take the next left onto Webb St and continue ahead onto Swan Mead. Carry on straight to Willow Walk and Unit 8 Rich Estate will be on the left.

From Borough station is a 15 min walk.

Driving:

The Drawing Room is outside of the congestion charge zone and have limited free parking available.

If you have special access needs please contact the gallery for assistance.

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