Drawing Distinctions

The London Group’s latest adventure has just opened in Menomonie, USA. Clive Burton LG explains the concepts behind this collaborative exhibition of drawings.

‘Spin Cycle’, unique photographic drawing on silver gelatine paper, by Paul Tecklenberg LG

‘Drawing Distinctions’ is a collaborative exhibition of drawings between the Faculty of the Art and Design Department and invited Alumni of the University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie USA and The London Group artist collective in London UK.

Exhibition Statement

The artists, designers and craft practitioners were asked to contribute one work under a maximum size that was easily transportable internationally and could be hung unframed directly onto the wall; contributing to an exhibition of drawings , finished or unfinished providing insight into the thinking and creative process of the maker.

The aim of the exhibition is to show international comparisons across a wide range of drawing practices from a collection of Art, Design and Craft disciplines, hence the title ‘Drawing Distinctions’. To ‘draw distinctions’ is to show and underline differences, in this case the many ways of approaching drawing for differing purposes, reasons and ideas. Yet as the practice of drawing takes on many guises and serves many functions, its definition will always remain in open debate. So for this exhibition Drawing was very widely defined as two dimensional in nature involving the developmental process of an idea whether objective, subjective, observational, instructional and /or informational , in any medium or media and process whether conventional, unconventional or experimental.

‘Drawing Distinctions’ will hopefully enlighten possibilities of what drawing is and can be, and contribute to the continuing debate and enquiry as to its definition. It will firstly be shown in The Furlong Gallery on the university campus in Menomonie in September and October 2018 and will then travel to the home of The London Group at The Cello Factory in London for April 2019.

Clive Burton LG, 2018

September 17 – October 29, 2018
Furlong Gallery
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Micheels Hall, next to the Applied Arts Building, 415 13th Ave. E.
Menomonie, WI 54751

April 3 – 12, 2019
The Cello Factory (London Art Group)
33-34 Cornwall Road
Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ
United Kingdom

Drawing Distinctions has been organised by Clive Burton LG, Bob Atwell, Director of The Furlong Gallery UW Stout and Charles Wimmer professor emeritus in art and design at UW Stout USA

‘Canal’, charcoal and pastels on paper, by Charlotte C Mortensson LG
‘Materia Medica Hispaniola’ (two details), pen, old copies of ‘Garden Life’, thread, by Annie Johns LG