Drawing Now celebrates works by artists of the Drawing Collective and three guest artists. With its members hailing from eleven countries, the Drawing Collective’s objective is to maintain the development of an international aesthetic. The common denominator uniting these artists is the practice of drawing.
Descendants of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Réalities Nouvelles and Art Concret their works represent a contemporary continuum of research in the formal purity of abstraction. The core of the Drawing Collective lies in the inter-connectivity of artists separated by geographical, linguistic and cultural barriers. Devoted to the exploration of new strategies and methods, their works expand upon a rich intellectual and aesthetic history of abstract drawing.
Following Paris and Sydney, Drawing Now at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine is the Drawing Collective’s first exhibition in the United States.
The exhibition will remain open until March 22, 2019. On Thursday, February 21st, 7:30 pm, Portland Ovations will present “Strumming Music,” a musical performance by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the ICA at MECA. Done in partnership with the exhibition, the performance will offer music responding to the artwork and an immersive film component that will draw everything together.
Bruce Brown and Munira Naqui, Guest Curators
*Image Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.