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"Drawing the New Millennium: The Challenge of Media and Idea to the Nature of Drawing"
2001-10-12 until 2001-11-20
Maine Artists Space, Danforth Gallery
Portland, ME, USA United States of America

The Maine Artists Space/Danforth Gallery announces the opening of the final exhibition it will hold in its space in Portland. In the future its shows will be On-Line on their Web site and be shown in cooperating galleries from New York to Newfoundland.

Eighty-one artists from New York to Newfoundland submitted four or more slides to the curators who are Elizabeth Finch, Curator at the New York Center for Drawing and John Murchie, Independent Curator of the Maritimes. Twelve artists were selected.

The opening reception for the artists and public will be preceded with a discussion led by the two curators about the nature of drawing today. The talk which will be round table discussion style with artists and other audience participating is supported by the Maine Humanities Council.

On a level with speaking, the act of communication through making marks is a fundamental human instinct. In this humans have forever used the act of drawing as a means to express meaning, emotion and ideas. Currently, the discipline of drawing, is being profoundly effected in numerous ways. With a proliferation of new media, technologies, and diverse approaches, the perception and reality of what constitutes a drawing is rapidly expanding. At the same time, many are looking to, embracing, and expanding upon, the historical approaches to drawing. As such, it seems to be a time when the dialogue between innovation and tradition has never been stronger. This exhibition seeks to explore this dialogue by embracing the breadth of what drawing is. It will do such by exploring the use of new technologies, understanding the impact of drawings continuing traditions, and to engage the expanding range of ideas that are brought to this basic human expression.

As we are entering into a new millennium, our culture is undeniably changing with ever greater swiftness. Drawing offers, as it always has, a profound mirror to that change. We invite all those involved in drawing, in whatever form, to be a part of this dialogue.


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