The Mechanics of Drawing: From Newcastle to London

The Mechanics of Drawing: From Newcastle to London

3 September - 19 September 2009

David Lisser, Jessica Temple, Mikhak Mirmahmoudi, Nick Kennedy, Rachael Clewlow, William Marshall

The Mechanics of Drawing shows a range of work from emerging artists who have graduated from Newcastle University, Fine Art between 2007 and 2009.

The exhibition showcases innovative responses to the action and product of drawing and machines. It includes automatic drawings, architectural drawings, anamorphic drawings, sculpture and related drawings, prints and collages, and paintings. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see high quality, extraordinary work by a selection of driven young artists.

Exhibition curated by Jessica Temple.

Rachael Clewlow fastidiously documents her every movement and translates the information gathered into visual maps of the UK. The use of subtle line and colour draws the viewer closer to scrutinise the work, thus the surface, materials and detail become more important. These highly finished works are not so much maps as art objects, shaded through blue and green tones.

Displayed in the window is Nick Kennedy's Windscreen Wiper Machine. A silver ring is attached to the mechanised windscreen wiper which touches a board, leaving a faint mark each time it passes over. The unique drawings that result are exquisitely delicate and made in silver on board. This work is a development in Kennedy's labour intensive and consuming exploration of chance and repetitive mark making.

David Lisser invents impossible machines, which are developed from extensive sketches. The Portable Wishing Well sits in a glass case, which contextualises the work as a museum object. It is eccentric and polished. The Portable Wishing Well combines "utility and beauty... [and is] carefully designed for ease of assembly; Affix the handle to the mechanism... Load t