Thursday, May 20, 2010

Artists line up at MOCA GA

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM

click to enlarge Rocío Rodríguez’s 'A Drawing Installation'
  • Rocío Rodríguez’s 'A Drawing Installation'

Artists who like making marks are constantly drawing, whether on fine acid-free paper, a napkin or an underpass. The artist’s hand is compelled to doodle, to inscribe, to tag, to draw. The surrealists called this “automatic drawing,” and saw it as a means of freeing the unconscious. The influence of surrealist automatic drawing is visible in the current exhibitions at MOCA GA, although each artist addresses it in her own way. Susan Cofer’s process for Absence of Certainty most closely resembles the stream-of-consciousness approach. In From Hatcher’s Pond, photographer Lucinda Bunnen frames natural subjects so that their forms seem like spontaneously drawn lines. Rocío Rodríguez addresses the tension between planned composition and impulsive gesture in the monumental wall drawing for A Drawing Installation.

From Hatcher’s Pond is a suite of large-scale digitally printed photos. The photos show a dense, primeval blue-gray pond with lotus plants sticking out of its reflective surface. The forms emerging from the water suggest both Cy Twombly’s painted marks and Andre Masson’s automatic drawings. The linear black plants evoke the hand of a master calligrapher working in brush and ink. The effect is dreamy, and recalls surrealist painter Yves Tanguy’s black biomorphic forms rising out of the primordial muck.

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