Ringling College of Art and Design
August 21–September 22. GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.
The walls of the Basch Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design have been transformed by four artists: Dustin Jeungel (west wall), Patrick Lindhardt (south wall and out the door), Nathan Skiles (east wall) and Steven Strenk (north wall.) Each artist chose one of the walls in the gallery as the ground for their exploration of the exercise of drawing. They have been challenged by the scale of the room and the dimensions of the walls. The drawings will only exist for one month and then will disappear. Each artist was free to make decisions regarding subject matter, materials and the impermanence of their creation. Each of the artists exceeded the expectations of what they might accomplish. Each wall is extraordinary on its own and together the four approaches energize the room with the creativity of each artist’s unique response.
Now that the artists have completed their work it is interesting to reflect on the history of wall drawing. In the 1940s wall drawings were discovered on the walls of caves in Lascaux, France. These are believed to be over 17,000 years old and include depictions of animals, human figures and abstract signs. How coincidental that these four artists have included similar subject matter on the walls of this room. Drawing on these walls this past week our artists have continued an approach to making art that we can find more recently in Ancient Greece (1500 B.C.E.,) Egypt (1400 B.C.E.,) and Italy (500 B.C.E. -1500 C.E.)
– Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions