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Winston-Salem, NC
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Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
750 Marguerite Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106-5861
Phone: 336-725-1904
FAX: 336-722-6059
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E-Mail: Debbie Fuchs
336.725.1904
debbie.fuchs@ncdcr.gov


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Exhibition

Drawn: concept & craft

Events

Drawn: concept & craft
Through February 15, 2021

SECCA proudly presents DRAWN: Concept & Craft, an expansive exhibition featuring more than 200 works by a wide array of artists including LeRoy Neiman, Kara Walker, Fab 5 Freddy, Kiki Smith, Kambui Olujimi and Buckminster Fuller. DRAWN brings together the diverse works of over 60 artists from around the world in an exhibition that provides a rare, revealing look into the creative process and artists’ unique relationship with the art of drawing.

DRAWN is curated by project founder TOMAS VU and SECCA Curator WENDY EARLE with the assistance of BRIAN NOVATNY.

Forgotten Sketchbooks Ask Fascinating Questions
The concept of DRAWN began with the discovery of several sketchbooks that no one knew existed, excavated from the late LeRoy Neiman’s New York studio after the artist’s passing. The stark difference between the drawings covering the pages of a sketchbook compared to the characteristically jocular and proud imagery of Neiman’s paintings is jarring. In these sketchbooks, gone are the bright and impressionistic illustrations of celebratory moments. Instead, we find weighty depictions of struggle and pain in the visages of Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and James Baldwin, revealing a completely diverging, hidden side of the famed artist.

This discovery led Tomas Vu, founder of DRAWN, to then ask, "how many more of these kinds of artists sketchbooks are out there? And, where does the artistic mind go in the absence of outside pressures, expectations, and interpretation?"

WHAT DOES DRAWING MEAN TO YOU?
Forgotten Sketchbooks Ask Fascinating Questions
The concept of DRAWN began with the discovery of several sketchbooks that no one knew existed, excavated from the late LeRoy Neiman’s New York studio after the artist’s passing. The stark difference between the drawings covering the pages of a sketchbook compared to the characteristically jocular and proud imagery of Neiman’s paintings is jarring. In these sketchbooks, gone are the bright and impressionistic illustrations of celebratory moments. Instead, we find weighty depictions of struggle and pain in the visages of Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and James Baldwin, revealing a completely diverging, hidden side of the famed artist.

This discovery led Tomas Vu, founder of DRAWN, to then ask, "how many more of these kinds of artists sketchbooks are out there? And, where does the artistic mind go in the absence of outside pressures, expectations, and interpretation?"

Curator Wendy Earle notes: “This is a timely show, with many works created in 2020 and in direct response to the rapidly changing world around us. Drawing is a fundamental part of art-making, and is a broad creative act rather than a specific medium.”

DRAWN: Concept & Craft ARTIST LIST
Elizabeth Alexander
Yasi Alipour
Ghada Amer & Reza Farkondeh
Sanford Biggers
Natalie Birinyi
Paul Bright
Phong Bui
Esteban Cabeza de Baca
Frank Campion
Nathan Catlin
Alejandro Contreras
William Cordova
Steven Cozart
Predrag Dimitrijevic
Mark Dion
Rafael Domenech
Riaki Enyama
Megan Foster
Fab Five Freddy
Thomas Frontini
Buckminster Fuller
Ian Gerson
Baris Gokturk

Heather Gordon
Leigh Ann Hallberg
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Krystal Hart
Scott Hazard
Travis Head
Heidi Howard
José Iraola
Mark Iwinski
Kurt Kemp
Dan Kennedy
William Kentridge
Laleh Khorramian
Alex Kvares
Dr. Lakra
Fred Liang
Nicola Lopez
Kreh Mellick
LeRoy Neiman
Shirin Neshat
Brian Novatny
Jennifer Nuss
Kambui Olujimi
Ernesto Oroza
Aga Ousseinov
Christine Rebet
Adrian Rhodes
Dana Sherwood
Luis Silva
Kiki Smith
Damian Stamer
Leigh Suggs
Stipan Tadic
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Ali Van & Wang Xu
Tomas Vu
Kara Walker
Kyle Webster
Antoine Williams
Beau Willimon
Paula Wilson
Sun Xun
Shahar Yahalom
Yuan Zuo
Paula Wilson
Sun Xun
Shahar Yahalom
Yuan Zuo

DRAWN: Concept & Craft is on view through February 15, 2021. Admission is free, with a $10 suggested donation.

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