The Line is Thought - Fascination Drawing

Twelve contemporary artistic positions at Galerie Stihl Waiblingen

Waiblingen, 30.05.2017. Galerie Stihl Waiblingen will be showing the exhibition Das Linie ist Gedanke - Faszination Zeichnung (The Line is Thought - Fascination Drawing) from 3 June to 27 August 2017. It presents more than 90 works by twelve Baden-Württemberg artists and European artists, revealing the fascinating variety of the artistic confrontation with the line. The exhibition is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation.

With this exhibition, the Galerie Stihl Waiblingen presents the current positions of artists from Baden-Württemberg and Europe who are dealing with the art form of the drawing in a very different way. The focus of these works is the graphic expression of the line and its boundaries on the surface of the paper. It will feature over 90 works as well as artist films by Karoline Bröckel, Hildegard Esslinger, Nadine Fecht, Niko Grindler, Katharina Hinsberg, Linda Karshan, Pia Linz, Thomas Mueller, Karim Noureldin, Albrecht Schnider, Malte Spohr and Robert Zandvliet.

Drawing is one of the oldest cultural techniques of man. Paul Klee (1849-1940), in his theory of art, tackled the inexhaustible fascination that emanated from the lightness of the line and from the exhilaration of linear character systems. For the Bauhaus artist, drawing was an experimental field for thinking about art. For the line is able to grasp thoughts and translate them into a sensually experienceable image. It is an idea which has become a form of paper.

In their works, many contemporary artists are again looking for an exploration of the line and exploring its many possibilities. The fascination is aimed at drawing as a sensory perception space where new attention is paid to the aesthetic self-value of the line and its free development from the outline drawing over lines or gestural outbursts. Lines can be straight, curving, thick, thin, expressive or precise. You can combine points, render outlines, or separate things from each other. Alternating and imaginative, the lines conquer the space and expand our perception of how images, surfaces, rhythms and structures are created, or movement and time can assume a visible shape.

The work of the twelve artists shows how diverse the results of the intensive artistic exploration of the creative qualities of the line can be. Katharina Hinsberg for example
overlaps over 900 single sheets with precisely calculated lines so that they stack one over one another Playful line along the leaf edge. The Stuttgart artist Thomas Müller, among other things, creates works from the effect of space-grabbing plasticity from numerous colored, parallel-drawn lines. Nadine Fecht uses the chance of a ball-pencil bundle to draw a trace over large-sized papers in a steered, but passive movement, and Linda Karshan who draws per formatively, utilising balletic kinesis, while counting in sequences (2,4,8…16) to her heartbeat and breathing. At the end of each sequence she rotates the paper 90° counterclockwise and continues the process of drawing following her inner rhythm.

From the observation of natural phenomena such as the branches rotating in the wind or crawling ants, the seemingly spontaneous line braids of Karoline Bröckel arise. With Waiblinger artist Hildegard Esslinger, the line is never the shortest connection between two points. She shears, reverses, or materialises objects. Finally, Albrecht Schnider leaves the viewer to fill the outlines of his portraits with imaginary colour. With these as well as six other artist positions, the exhibition is dedicated to those fascinating drawings in contemporary art, which innovatively capture the image space, test new perspectives and explore the tension field of the line and surface.

On 17 June 2017, the the exhibition was played host to the groundbreaking film, Linda Karshan – Educating the stone; Being educated by the stone, by Dresden-based German filmmaker Harald Shluttig. The film is a lyrical exploration Linda's stone lithography work, at the famous Handpressendrucke Dresden.

The works in The Line is Thought - Fascination Drawing come from the artists' workshops as well as from private collections as well as the galleries Clemens Fahnemann, Berlin, Werner Klein, Cologne, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt am Main, Thomas Schulte, Berlin, as well as Stuttgart galleries Michael Sturm and edith wahlandt.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and the long-standing partner of the Galerie Stihl Waiblingen, Kreissparkasse Waiblingen.

Stadt Waiblingen
Galerie Stihl Waiblingen
Stephanie Hansen
Weingärtner Vorstadt 16
71332 Waiblingen
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Image: Exhibition View, The Line is Thought - Fascination Drawing

By Ishmael Annobil
Monday, June 19, 2017
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