Drawn to Drawings
+ Photos by JR Compton
Greg Metz - Homeland
graphite on paper - 11 x 15 inches
is the best way to describe how I looked forward to visiting
Barry Whistler's Drawn
2. You might
say I was drawn to it by invisible forces. But once I got there,
they turned visibly delicious. At least as good as I had expected.
Last year's show had
a literal wall full of drawings of many forms and formats by
almost as many artists. I loved watching that wall of many media
lines and shapes and tones almost as much as I loved watching
the crowd watch that wall.
I expected another amazingly
textured wall this trip. Instead, with probably fewer pieces,
and fewer artists, but no less quality, it was single-lined around
the front gallery. I slightly missed the melange, but getting
up close and personal with each amazing drawing was more than
compensation. Getting intimate with drawing is what this show's
about and why I was there.
I used to see a lot of
drawings by Greg
Metz when I was involved
in early DARE.
I even have a few of them in
But it's been awhile, and I was startled to see he's still near
the top of his craft. I wish he were still creating large-scale
protest sculpture-oramas, but at least his sense of outrage is
still in place. And his spelling is still as loose.
Series / Petals,
thread on mulberry paper
36 x 36.5 inches - detail
sweet discovery was a large, multi-colored, sewn, daisy-like,
floral shape by another superb Dallas sculptor I hadn't seen
anything new from for a long time. As always, Linnea Glatt
brings an elegant simplicity, as well as a subtle three- dimensionality
to her 'drawing.' Lovely.
Place to Gather
Sculpture in Texas
Adam Raymont - Debate,
coffee & collage on vintage graph paper
7.25 x 9.38 inches
I knew I'd be drawn (that
pun again) to R Crumb's exquisite drawing here, and
I spent several minutes fondling his lines and linear textures
with my mind and eyes -- quoting from his drawing, Crosshatching,
For me, drawing is
just an excuse to do some Cross-Hatching!
But there were many other
forms of drawing in the show, including several that made me
stop and think what drawing is all about -- like Adam Raymont's coffee stained and pasted upon fold-out, full
of bug eyes and mouths.
Tom Orr - Waterfall Study, 2002
ink on 11 x 8.5 inch paper
Two superbly simple,
little drawings by yet another outstanding Dallas sculptor were
Tom Orr's Waterfall Studies, which, in real life and this low resolution
photo, appear to be grayscale. They are, in fact, minutely 'etched'
black lines on equi-spaced white ground, interrupted with diagonal
black lines that look remarkably like falling water dripping
and spilling. Like his work at
The MAC last summer,
these drawings shimmer with optical disruptions caused by our
Irene Roderick - Harley,
pencil on paper - 12.75 x 18 inches
Irene Roderick's funky, scribbly Harley, dripping with luscious, liquid graphited shapes
and textures rounds out my list of favorites from this delicious
There are many other
colors, tones, shapes, forms and formats there, through January 11. I'm sure you'll find them just