Monday 14th November 2011 at 1.00pm
in Lecture Theatre ABS225 Aberdeen Business School
Pete Quinn Davis studied at the Royal College through the mid eighties; he has shown and curated shows in London and abroad. He has written about the value of creativity and its enduring nature, as well as essays on design, illustration, place and urban architecture.
Drawing a Blank
The lecture will explore the different possibilities of drawing, predicated by the old academy’s notion of drawing, being able to produce ‘truth’, a dodgy word at the best of times. I expect there is no truth to drawing, except for the truth of the moment. The title is also paradoxical or a conundrum, because some drawing cannot be described in words. Drawing is analytical but it is also expressive in its own right, it has a duty to bear witness, not simply by making a representation of something but by taking things apart and reassembling them in a way that makes new connections. Drawing is magic, drawing can be a necessity; drawing is an attempt to fix the world, not as it is, but how it exists within the individual or individuals. Mental diagrams, drawing is a mirror, a window, a door and a lens, which can be looked at in either direction. It is in essence a truly experimental process. It has no cultural barriers, no political or national boundaries, a process used by young and old alike, although perhaps not enough. Yet with all the contradictions of these characteristics, it’s not surprising that in the West, the story of drawing remains obdurate and occluded in the extreme. I expect this is for several reasons, but one surely must be, the nature of the process itself. The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitudes to them. Bring a pencil!