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Drawing, despite changing technologies, remains central to the creative process, as a means to describe and think our world; it is a basic form of human expression capable of communicating across all kinds of cultural borders.
This exhibition brings together 20 contemporary artists living and working in Germany today, who all place drawing at the centre of their practices, to canvass a wide range of approaches to the medium. Curated by Volker Adolphs, Head of Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art at Kunstmuseum Bonn, this is the exhibition’s only showing in New Zealand.
Artists in the exhibition are: Irina Baschlakow, Marc Brandenburg, Monika Brandmeier, Fernando Bryce, Marcel van Eeden, Gerhard Faulhaber, Katharina Hinsberg, Pauline Kraneis, Pia Linz, Christiane Löhr, Theresa Lükenwerk, Nanne Meyer, Thomas Müller, Christian Pilz, Alexander Roob, Malte Spohr, German Stegmaier, Markus Vater, Jorinde Voigt and Ralf Ziervogel.
The public programme featured lectures by Volker Adolphs and one of the artists in the exhibition, Marc Brandenburg, who will also conduct a workshop showcasing his approach to drawing that responds to the urban environments in which he finds himself. The visit of Adolphs and Brandenburg is supported by Goethe-Institut, Wellington.
The exhibition is presented alongside Linie Line Linea—Contemporary Drawing, an exhibition of drawings by 20 contemporary artists living and working in Berlin, brought to the Adam by the Institute for Cultural Relations (ifa) and Goethe-Institut Wellington. It also provides a context for the one-night-only screening of Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s epic six-hour film, River of Fundament, presented on Saturday 19 March as the Gallery’s contribution to the 2016 New Zealand Festival.
In contrast to Barney’s films and live events, which have in some instances involved hundreds of participants, DRAWING RESTRAINT is Barney’s solo mode of practice. Prior to his exhibitions being made public, Barney will typically deploy trampolines, hoists and technical climbing equipment to ascend and traverse the otherwise empty spaces. Through this process these architectural confines become the restraining element of Barney’s expanded drawing procedures. The residue and marks that result from these interactions index the artist’s contact with his environment, resulting in site-specific works that make a subject of the artist’s body and its physical limitations.
Adam Art Gallery has worked with the artist to present these works specifically for its Kirk Gallery. Selected by the artist from his catalogue of the series, the videos are presented on ceiling mounted brackets and provide behind-the-scenes footage of Barney executing his drawings in various sites around the globe: New York, Kanazawa, London, and so on. Seen as a whole, these videos chart the development of Barney’s extraordinary practice. Many of these physical feats are echoed in the endurance-based activities of Barney’s characters in his infamous films: from the Cremaster series (1994 – 2002) to the feature-length film Drawing Restraint 9 (2005).
The DRAWING RESTRAINT works have been jointly loaned from the Schaulager museum, Basel and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Adam Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of Matthew Barney Studio and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York.
On 19 March 2016, the Adam Art Gallery in association with the 2016 New Zealand Festival presented the exclusive New Zealand premiere of River of Fundament, New York-based artist Matthew Barney’s latest and most ambitious project to date. Please visit our Past Exhibitions webpage for more information.