Elective Affinities – Observations on Contemporary Printmaking through Drawing

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My paper aims to present reflections for debate on the interrelationship between drawing and print in the contemporary art context rather than in historical terms. In particular it asks how the changes in drawing and printmaking which are summed up by the notion of an ‘expanded practice’ have brought these two areas into closer proximity. By focusing on three works by Kiki Smith, Christiane Baumgartner and Oscar Muñoz, shown at the 2009/10 Philagrafika International Print Triennal in Philadelphia, the paper engages with the effect of the implicit and explicit decoupling of the hand as a primary tool and signifier of drawing through the adoption of print- and/or camera-based strategies. To which extent does the expansion of techniques and, indeed, technologies change and challenge the discourse on drawing with its focus on trace, mark, gesture? How do such approaches question the assumed immediacy and directness of drawing as well as its proximity to the body? What are the implications of such strategies and techniques for the subjectivity of the maker and viewer as well as signification as such? In which way does the incorporation of circuitous print techniques and the adoption of camera images function at the level of image and meaning? In what manner do they reinforce as well as cast doubt on medium-specific assumptions and effects? (Where) do we draw the line (between drawing and print)?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Impact 7, Intersections and Counterpoints
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherMonash University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-921867-57-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-921867-56-9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


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