The Falmouth School of Art Lectures start next week with Deanna Petherbridge first to deliver a talk. Deanna Petherbridge is an artist, writer and former teacher. Petherbridge is the author of The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice (Yale University press, 2010) and has recently curated Witches and Wicked Bodies for the National Galleries of Scotland; a prints and drawings version of the exhibition will be shown at the British Museum from 25 September 2014 to 11 January 2015.
In this lecture Deanna Petherbridge will, controversially, suggest that much contemporary drawing is formulaic. It relies on an easy kind of instant and fluid figuration that defies drawing’s inherent potentiality for autographic originality, experimentation and invention as well as its role of observation and ‘slow looking.’ The argument will be supported by potent modern works as well as historical drawings from other centuries.