Foundation Drawing, an exhibition that celebrates drawing as a foundation skill in visual arts, will be displayed in the Jamestown Community College’s Weeks Gallery from February 6 to March 15.
The exhibition presents work by Melissa Cooke of Minneapolis, MN, Hollis Hammonds of Austin, TX, and Joan Linder of Buffalo, innovative artists who use drawing as their primary means of expression.
An opening reception, featuring a presentation by Linder at 6:30, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on February 10. Refreshments will be served. An informal discussion led by Hammonds will be held from noon-1 p.m. on February 7.
Both events are free and open to the public. Funding for the exhibition is provided by the JCC Faculty Student Association and the JCC Foundation.
Linder uses drawing as a way of looking more closely at the everyday world. She uses the slow and deliberate act of drawing as a way of taking time to think about the day-to-day pressures of life. In one series, she renders the changing positions of the dirty dishes in her kitchen sink as they pile up over the course of the day.
In another project in the exhibition, Linder drew over 60 trompe l’oeil facsimiles of flyers, bills, paycheck stubs, cash register receipts, and torn open envelopes that had piled up on her desk.
Linder is chair of the University of Buffalo department of art. An exhibition of her drawn facsimiles of tattered newspaper articles, aged Xerox copies, and old mimeographed reports about the Love Canal toxic waste site was recently exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Museum and is currently traveling to university galleries around the country.
Hammonds, chair of the department of visual studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, brings the idea of movement by combining drawing and video and by experimenting with traditional drawing forms. She rethinks the traditional still-life format by building large, cyclone-like collages comprised of dozens and dozens of individual drawings, each showing a single ordinary object, such as a lamp, wooden bench, teddy bear, pair of scissors, coat rack, and more.
Also on view are several pages from “Blanket of Fog,” Hammonds’s comic book narrative about her childhood. Hammonds will be working with JCC students and area high school art teachers during a residency at JCC on February 6 and 7 and will present an informal introduction to her work at noon on February 7.
Cooke begins her photorealist drawings by treating her face like a canvas, smearing it with black paint. Her large drawings, based on close-up photographs of her masked or marked face, are extremely realistic. Cooke does not work with a pencil or a piece of charcoal, but applies thin layers of powdered graphite to paper with a dry brush.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Arts & Sciences Center on the Jamestown Campus.