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ON DRAWING LINE
at Holly Johnson Gallery through August 31
by Todd Camplin

A passion of mine is intense detail drawings. I enjoy looking at these kinds of drawings, analyzing
them, and making this kind of work myself. So, when Holly Johnson Gallery shows an incredibly
complex  group of drawings by 10 talented artists and one work by me, I have to write about it.
Drawing has grown up into its own powerful art form, especially of late. Spectrum expansion of
what a  finished artwork can be has a lot to do with this phenomenon, but many artists that do
drawings are now working with preliminary drawings or plans before they execute the work,
much  in the tradition of painters.
before the finished piece is even started have become common place. Maybe not
every artist in the show stresses before moving over to a final piece of paper, but it sure
feels like they do. In the catalog for the show, Christopher French wrote a stellar paper
about line drawing and some of the philosophical ideas behind these works. His words
are matched with his symmetrical drawing which seem to reverberate his ideas.
Purity of geometry is also not lost by artists Anna Bogatin and Nicole Phungrasamee Fein.
Their grids are meticulously drawn out in an almost meditative manner. I met Richard
Nix at the opening and I was happy to talk a little shop with him. He clued me in on a
few new pens to try out. Nix also allows geometric principles to command his work, but
with a bit more informal flare. I could relate to Nix’s compulsion to make precise drawings.
Sharon Engelstein - Young Ghost, 2012
Ink on paper
30 x 22 inches

I saw that Theresa Chong and Lauren Seiden seem to have a more fluid approach to drawing,
but with well structured personal rules which dominate the papers with their marks. Mark
Seinkman’s rules seemed oddly familiar or connected to the physical world. You might say,
Seinkman was the only artist that gave the illusion his drawing might live beyond Edwin A.
Abbott’s Flatland. His work has dimensionality and a textured look of the real, while
maintaining a feeling of abstract.  
Acrylic, graphite, and watercolor on paper
28 x 25 1/8 inches
Oil, alkyd, and graphite on paper
16 x 13 inches
Jillian Conrad - Sites and Settlements: L, 2013
Pencil leads on paper
26 x 26 inches
Computers seem an influence in both Sharon Engelstein and Jacob el Hanani’s work. The lines
I feel close to all these artists in their approach, style, and passion. Each artist was worth mentioning,
talented artists and I hope you will take the time before August 17th to see the show at
Holly
Johnson Gallery or you could even pick up a catalog titled On Drawing: Line.
Theresa Chong - BGV No. 19 0:46", 2000-2013
Pencil and gouache on Echizen Gampi
12 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches