Group show, Bonington Gallery, NTU, Nottingham
Included an installation of 25 drawings from the Specious Present series
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.