Joe Graham

visual artist & drawing research

Outline drawings, 2014 - ongoing

Biro and pencil on paper, 15 x 21cm

Drawology, 2013

Group show, Bonington Gallery, NTU, Nottingham

Included an installation of 25 drawings from the Specious Present series

Thinking Through Outline, 2013

Installation images. Centre for Recent Drawing, London

Photography: Joe Clark

Centre For Recent Drawing Research Residency, 2013
March - May 2013 at C4RD Gallery & Studios, Highbury, London

Centre For Recent Drawing Research Residency, 2013

March - May 2013 at C4RD Gallery & Studios, Highbury, London

Contour Sketches, 2013 - ongoing
Biro and pencil on paper, 29 x 18cm 
Question: To what do we refer through the term ‘outline’?
"A closed line which runs virtually all the way around a feature or round an enclosure which does not necessarily correspond with a single object, such as an area of empty space"
Philip Rawson, Drawing, 1987
Pictorially, it is also related to the term ‘contour’, which can stand for the lines potential:
"The single line that seems to disrupt the flatness of the surface, subtly inflecting itself into space, disappearing behind its own horizon"
David Rosand, Drawing Acts, 2002
Finally, the term outline also means ‘a general statement without details’. With that in mind:
By closing a line you make something objective. The ‘outer line’ demarcates a limit between one thing and another thing. It could also refer to many ‘things’: physical, but also conceptual, spatial or temporal, literal, or metaphorical, potential or even actual. The limit perhaps, to what you know or understand.

Likewise, most children draw outlines… but often with an emphasis on drawing around what they know to be there, rather than simply what they can see.

Contour Sketches, 2013 - ongoing

Biro and pencil on paper, 29 x 18cm 

Question: To what do we refer through the term ‘outline’?

"A closed line which runs virtually all the way around a feature or round an enclosure which does not necessarily correspond with a single object, such as an area of empty space"

Philip Rawson, Drawing, 1987

Pictorially, it is also related to the term ‘contour’which can stand for the lines potential:

"The single line that seems to disrupt the flatness of the surface, subtly inflecting itself into space, disappearing behind its own horizon"

David Rosand, Drawing Acts, 2002

Finally, the term outline also means ‘a general statement without details’. With that in mind:

By closing a line you make something objective. The ‘outer line’ demarcates a limit between one thing and another thing. It could also refer to many ‘things’: physical, but also conceptual, spatial or temporal, literal, or metaphorical, potential or even actual. The limit perhaps, to what you know or understand.

Likewise, most children draw outlines… but often with an emphasis on drawing around what they know to be there, rather than simply what they can see.

Drawing Machine No.4, 2013

Neurofeedback drawing (Theta band activity). Duration 20mins 

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Photography: Fiona Zisch

Thinking Between the Lines, 2012
TRACEY Drawing Research project. Please follow link for details.
Ongoing.

Thinking Between the Lines, 2012

TRACEY Drawing Research project. Please follow link for details.

Ongoing.

Presi Kapo, 2012

Transfer drawing series (selected images)

Pencil on paper, each 21 x 29cm

Series of 30