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Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham
11 - 22 November 2010
Reviewed by: Annabel Tilley »
This year's Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 is a truly great drawing show. The exhibits simply shine out. Each one an individual and exquisite drawing-thought and consideration of what drawing is, and can be.
Particular favourites were: Lucy Austin's wierd, wacky but wonderful orangey/pink phallus drawing: A Machine For Cleaning My House and Cadi Froehlich's Untitled (tea table)which brought one in mind of work by Susan Collis, except Froehlich's 'drawings' were the actual tea/hot liquid stains themselves as apose to the semi-precious-stones Collis often uses to mimic such everyday marks. But my absolute favourite - and there were so many to choose from - was Paul Allcock's Untitled (Pallet 01), an exquisite line drawing of a broken pallet on an old piece of cardboard. The juxtaposition between the beautiful, lovingly executed and detailed drawing and the old cardboard used to draw it on, is one of those simple but brilliant visual moments, when what you see makes your heart skip a beat [and of course you wish you had created it!].
If you are interested in drawing, and contemporary ideas of what drawing is, today, then don't miss this show. Seeing the real thing, the drawing in front of you is a precious experience but if you can't wait, an on-line copy of the catalogue is available on the Jerwood website.
After The Jerwood Space, London [finishes 7th November] and the Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham, The Jerwood Drawing Prize will be touring round the country and can be seen at South Hill Park, Bracknell in December, the Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen in March and the DLI Museum, Durham next May.
In March 2010 Annabel Tilley moved her practice from Hastings, East Sussex to Deptford, South London, to join a flourishing new arts community at The Old Police Station. Tilley makes drawings inspired by newspaper stories, museum collections and contemporary ideas of the still-life.
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Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Clarence Street Cheltenham GL50 3JT
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