To complement The What is Painting? Project and further the overall dialogue Neoteric Art introduces The What Is Drawing? Project. The guidelines are the same: I thought it would be intriguing to ask artists this simple yet complex question. This query comes with no ground rules—it’s up to each individual artist to find their own approach and direction.
This project will be an ongoing exploration … let’s see where it takes us.
What Is Drawing?
Featuring Michael Hopkins
When I was first asked to write about “What Is Drawing, “I was excited about this project for about a day, then fear and panic set in. These feelings were a reaction to the giant scope of the question. This is hardly an inquiry like,” where’s the closest grocery store? Its two blocks south on Elm St., at the stop sign take a right, you can’t miss it.”
The term drawing today can have an endless amount of different meanings.
I could talk about the vast array of materials and or techniques involved with drawing, but this approach misses, creating in the end, nothing more than a very long list.
At this moment, these are my thoughts on “What Is Drawing. “Drawing is an activity I partake in that engages me so completely that I am truly in the moment. I can feel the surface of what I’m working on through the tool I’m using, giving me a sublime tactile sensation. This puts me in a place that can be matched or surpassed by few other experiences.
The finished drawing, when successful, can awe me,” I did that?” A successfully completed drawing also reminds me that I’m here on this planet to do more than be a good consumer or count likes on Facebook.
Ultimately though, my words here end up failing to capture “What Is Drawing.”
Great things/experiences like drawing can never be completely explained, summed up, captured, put into a box with a ribbon around it with a bow on top.
Words can never give you what it’s like to experience a Beethoven symphony live, a Rothko painting or a Van Gogh landscape drawing in person.
I can only give you a glimpse, an idea, an example of “What Is Drawing.”
Michael Hopkins, Untitled, Gouache on Japanese Paper, 3 1/4″ X 7″, 2014
Michael Hopkins makes drawings, paintings and sculptures. He has work in numerous museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago. He has work in numerous corporate art collections including The Progressive Collection and The Wellcome Trust Collection in London, England. He is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient.
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