Drawing Inventory | Curated by Sarika Sugla, UIMA
Friday, Jan. 8-Friday, March 25, 2016
Reception: Friday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m.
Shortened gallery hours to be determined
Drawing, the search and experimentation of ideas and forms, is an essential part of an artist’s practice. Whether depicting details of a particular person or place, presenting a message or question, or creating an illusion, artists often draw from the world around them, capturing their observations and experiences.
As an activity, drawing offers the most direct way of recording an artist’s thoughts, explorations, and observations. Unlike painting and sculpture, drawing is not inhibited by an obligation to create a ﬁnal, ﬁnished object. Instead, the drawing process allows artists to experiment and explore concepts freely, without having to concern themselves with the realities of material or space. Drawings, as objects, take a variety of forms, functioning as informal studies, historical documents, narratives, or records of passing observations. Today, artists continue to expand the traditional deﬁnition of drawing by including unconventional media and applications.
The definition of drawing has come to describe an endless array of creative approaches with an extraordinary range of physical manifestations. The works presented here explore a wide variety of drawing subjects undertaken by artists represented in the UIMA permanent collection.
This exhibition is curated by Sarika Sugla, Assistant Curator at the UIMA, and is organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.