Originally published 2013, Paradise Now
The practice of drawing is thriving. The engaging works in this exhibition [Berlin, 2013] demonstrate the continued relevance of this medium. Yet, over the last century or so proportionally fewer and fewer artists display any allegiance to or talent in the traditional media of drawing and painting. Many other modes of visual expression have been developed during this period, from photography to cinema. These facts together with the recent explosion of digital technology might suggest, falsely, that drawing is on the way to becoming obsolete. So why is drawing still relevant in this electronic age? What follows is a meditation on drawing centred on answering this question.