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Exhibition confirms a rebirth in drawing and works on paper

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27 April 2010

It's not often that I revisit a show, but I have made several visits to "Contemporary Australian Drawings 1″, currently on at RMIT Gallery.

Brilliantly curated by Dr Irene Barberis (Director of the international research hub, Metasenta Pty Ltd at RMIT), "Contemporary Australian Drawings 1″ is part of the 2010 international Drawing Out conference that was held by RMIT University in April. Drawing Out is collaboration between RMIT and University of the Arts, London.

Two rooms are dedicated to established and emerging artists who have made a significant contribution to contemporary drawing in Australia.

I have seen a rebirth in drawing and works on paper. It is as if drawing has become fashionable once again and has gained much needed respect by the viewer and buyer (read the post "In love with drawing and works on paper").

"Contemporary Australian Drawings 1″ is an excellent example of the depth and breath of mark making using various mediums, surfaces and forms of technology.

Drawing by John Wolseley

Drawing by John Wolseley

For me, the highlights were John Wolseley (pictured above), Daniel Price, Ghostpatrol and Chloe Vallance.

What: "Contemporary Australian Drawings 1″
When: until 26 June 2010 (Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm; Saturday, 12pm to 5pm)
Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC (Google Maps)