The Drawing Center, New York
Point of Departure
October 11 - November 10, 2019
Curated by Rosario Güiraldes and Lisa Sigal

Point of Departure

Installation Images
Part of the Main Project, Open Sessions 15

Open Sessions builds on The Drawing Center’s long-standing legacy of championing work by early career artists who explore the nature of drawing in its many manifestations.

The works in Point of Departure draw inspiration from American artist Paul Thek’s imaginative and unconventional approach to the medium of drawing. When Thek taught art classes at The Cooper Union in the late 1970s, he gave his students a list of eccentric instructions titled, Teaching Notes: 4-Dimensional Design. Using Thek’s notes as a springboard, the artists in Point of Departure created their own set of directives, combining reason and imagination to reconsider their own artistic processes. The directives’ correlating artworks include drawings for the transportation of people, memories, and belongings; renderings of disappeared Palestinian villages from 1948 to the present; as well as personal memories of civic designs in the former Yugoslavia.

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