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Inscription - Jerwood Space

Exhibition preview

INSCRIPTION: drawing, making, thinking, an exhibition of work by three contemporary artists who each use mark making as a way of recording, developing and communicating ideas, is on display at the Jerwood Space from January 13 to February 21, 2010.

The fourth exhibition in the Jerwood Visual Arts Encounters Series, it explores the different approaches to inscription through artists, David Connearn, Philip Eglin and Charlotte Hodes. All three have previous connections to the Jerwood Visual Arts programme.

Inscription, in this context, is the act of committing ideas through mark making to record meaning. It involves different physical processes of scratching or pressing into a surface. For David Connearn, Philip Eglin and Charlotte Hodes, mark making and inscription is intrinsic to the realisation of their ideas, although their artistic intentions may and do differ.

Inscription: drawing, making, thinking enables the curators (Amanda Game and Anita Taylor) and artists to consider the connections between drawing and making, opening up a rich stream of investigation for a broad range of artists, makers, curators and visitors.

The exhibition includes drawings, ceramics, working samples, text and moving image. As well as exhibiting his finished works, Philip Eglin will be re-creating his studio wall in the gallery.

Speaking about the exhibition, curators Game and Taylor said: “The work of these artists offers an articulation of broad and deep knowledge, through visual means, and in particular through inscribed line, which is inseparable from a profound engagement with the physical means of production; whether in David’s drawings; Charlotte’s layered collages or Philip’s ceramic buckets.

“The question being asked by each artist of his or her practice may differ; their interests do differ, but each shares an almost meditative engagement with line as a form of thinking and exploring knowledge through making.”

A series of Monday evening events at Jerwood Space will run alongside the exhibition. Guest speakers will include academics, artists and curators. The events will explore the exhibiting artists’ different approaches to Inscription, widening the Encounters conversation by engaging both practitioners and audience in open debate about drawing, making and thinking.

The events, which take place on January 18, February 1, 8 and 15 at 6pm, are free but must be booked in advance.

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Friday from 10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 3pm.

Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN