Six Draughtsmen: Exhibition Preview




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Published on Oct 23, 2013

Six Draughtsmen highlights the diverse drawing practices of six artists. Arguably the oldest of all mediums, drawing has evolved to redefine and expand its parameters in this increasingly experimental era of contemporary art. Navigating somewhere between the traditions of the past and an imagined future, contemporary drawing both embraces and challenges drawing conventions in medium, surface and concept.

In the past fifteen years, there has been a surge of critical discourse on contemporary and experimental drawing, but artists of African descent have been disproportionately absent from the international discussion. The work of many pioneer Nigerian artists shows evidence of a strong historical connection to drawing. Currently, however, drawing in a Nigerian context has primarily been designated a preparatory exercise rather than being recognized as a finished medium.

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Toyin Odutola, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Nnenna Okore and Odun Orimolade are six artists of Nigerian descent who explore aspects of drawing in their current practices both in Nigeria and in the U.S. Though most of the artists primarily practice in the U.S., at the time this exhibition was conceived, five of the six women found themselves actively engaged in a studio practice in Nigeria. Aside from those who only draw, participating artists also identify as installation artists, performance and video artists, mixed media artists and sculptors. Yet through their various mediums, all are intrinsically invested in a dialogue with drawing, both two dimensionally as well as by taking mark-making, line, erasure, transparency, memory and process, off the page and into three dimensional space.


This exhibition is curated by artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze as part of her culminating research for the Fulbright Scholars Program in Nigeria. From August 2012 to June 2013, Amanze joined the faculty as a resident artist in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.


Thursday, October 24 | 7-10PM
MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place

Celebrate the opening of Six Draughtsmen! Afrobeat music by DJ Sabine Blaizin, and beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Saturday, October 26 | 11:34AM-3PM
MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place

TWIN: a performance by ruby onyinyechi amanze and wura-natasha ogunji
it's you and me. and us and the wall. and the black stick that rubs off.

Saturday, October 26 | 3:30-5PM
MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place

Join us for an intimate conversation about Six Draughtsmen, designed and facilitated by the exhibiting artists. Space is limited. Free ticket from six-draughtsmen.eventbrite.com required to participate.

Thursday, October 31 | 6-8PM
MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place

Join us for the second installment of MoCADA Makers, featuring the eco-conscious and culturally inspired collection pieces of Brooklyn-based fashion designer, Chantale Regnier. Complimentary refreshments provided.

Saturday, November 16 | 6-8PM
MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place

Celebrate the launch of Spook's third issue with a panel discussion and reception in the MoCADA gallery. Founder Jason Parham and contributors Morgan Parker, Josie Duffy, Matthew J. McKnight, Cedar Pasori, Sonia Lousie Davis, Andre D. Wagner and Kajahl Benes will discuss the issue's theme, HOME, and its connection to the politics of place and belonging in Six Draughtsmen.

Thursday, November 21 | 6-8:30PM
MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place
$20 per person | $30 per pair | Members free

Spend the evening sketching and sipping at MoCADA! We'll provide the wine, model, art supplies, and professional instructor and Six Draughtsmen artist Ruby Amanze. Adults of all skill levels are invited. All you need to bring is a readiness to learn and have fun.


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