The Projective Drawing: An Exploration of Art and Architecture

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The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition The Projective Drawing, curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center, New York. The exhibition is based on The Projective Cast, a book published in 1995 by architectural historian Robin Evans that defines a new way to explain how we “see” architecture by incorporating all sensations that underpin the human experience of built structures (mental, physical, and emotional). In The Projective Drawing, the curator Brett Littman applies Evans’s theory, which is skeptical of drawing at its core, to challenge our understanding of how the medium of drawing operates in contemporary culture by highlighting both Austrian and international artists whose drawings require viewers to activate a matrix of complex and nontraditional ideas in order to interpret the works on view.

Featured artists:
William Cordova, Lionel Favre, Sara Flores and the Shipibo Conibo Center, New York, Simona Koch, Brigitte Mahlknecht, Judith Saupper, Seher Shah, James Siena, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, and Leopold Strobl and Galerie Gugging, Vienna.

Sara Flores, Punté Quené, n.d., Vegetal dyes on canvas, 55 x 58 3/4 inches (139.7 x 149.2 cm), Courtesy Shipibo Conibo Center, New York

James Siena, Manifold VI, 2015, Black-and-blue ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery. Photograph by Kerry Ryan McFate.

Seher Shah, Flatlands (corner), 2016, Ink on paper, six panels, 31 x 43 inches (79 x 109 cm), each panel; 62 x 129 inches (157 x 327 cm), overall, Private collection, New York, Image courtesy the artist and Nature Morte

Brigitte Mahlknecht, Fast Architektur 1, 2017, Wax crayon on primed paper, 22 x 19 1/2 inches (55.8 x 41.7 cm), Courtesy of the artist.

Austrian Cultural Forum New York | 11 E 52nd St, New York, NY
Opening Reception: Monday, February 5 from 6 – 8 PM
February 6 – May 13, 2018

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