When Did Intimacy Begin Width curated by Torey Thornton
Marco Barrera, Susan Cianciolo, Lonnie Holley, Christopher Knowles, Phillip Lai, Nancy Lupo, Eric Mack, Michel Majerus, Brandon Ndife, Walter Price, Cameron Rowland, Marisa Takal
January 31-February 28, 2016
Jeffrey Stark presents "When Did Intimacy Begin Width," a show of drawings, curated by Torey Thornton.
“One way to fully realize the extent to which something exists is possibly to look behind it, as opposed to looking directly at it. Having an obsession with drawing, which I see as the oldest and most raw form of mark-making and the foundation of many aspects of fine art, I question what the artists who rarely show their drawings publicly are intending. Then, there's those whose work I’m fascinated with, but who rarely produce drawings. What do their drawings look like?
Following these thoughts, I wonder why these artists don’t present drawing more often? We would hope the reason doesn’t have to do with value, omitting these works from living based on commercial viability. Simultaneously, there's this idea of drawings, that they are merely sketches made to realize something more grandiose or complex; but this should not, and is not the only case scenario. From this exploration births a new tangent and interest in questioning what the true definition of drawing is. What does pushing the boundaries of drawing do for the rest of the works that come into contact with it?
While doing research for this project, I re-realized that there are so many politics surrounding the term drawing that have confused or muddled what the term actually means. People may have lost interest in taking a stance against flippant language, in order to make things flow more fluidly in this strange place – the art world. If a piece of paper is soaked and entirely encased in paint, then painted on, with a focus on exploring painting, then how is it a drawing? Maybe there's no true or right way to decipher what a drawing is, but to have the mind exercise this question is hopefully why we create art in the first place.”