Address: 2 Highbury Station Road
Phone: +44 203 239 6936
Centre For Recent Drawing - C4RD
The Centre for Recent Drawing seeks to facilitate access and dialogue for current drawing practice by the exhibition of drawing, and the encouragement of drawing in response. C4RD's working definition of drawing as 'the exercise of human imagination on line' reinforces drawing's capacity as a performed analogy (mentally/manually) of the continuum that is human consciousness; two marks, as in mathematics, necessarily make a line. Drawing, is a characteristically humanist mode of expression that is regaining the importance it once had as a way of thinking or acting that is fundamental to the human experience. It is increasingly being considered less as a particular use of materials or sub-activity of a particular disclipline, and more as an approach discrete in itself.
C4RD is unique in being a non-profit organisation dedicated to drawing, not aligned to a specific educational institution that offers exhibition and studio residencies for the production of drawing under the same roof.
C4RD provides a webservice and the only independent non-commercial exhibition space in London dedicated to the exhibition of recent drawing; it is not aligned or with any educational or museum institution but works on occasion with various art colleges and research programmes in the extension of their work in drawing.
C4RD only shows recent drawing, and retains no permanent collection.
C4RD welcomes submissions from those with a particular interest in drawing as a core experience. C4RD is not specifically a contemporary art museum space, and submissions should directly address the language of drawing as an approach. It seeks a balanced programme of working with art journalists, critics, curators, artists, designers, educators, architects, creatives and institutions across group and individual presentation that wish to address emergent issues in drawing as a discrete discipline.
David Caldwell, Alex Calinescu, Phoebe Cope, Clara Drummond, Joan Edlis, Maggi Hambling, Tory Lawrence and Shane Waltener: 'AQUARIUM', curated by Paul Richards and Susila Subramaniam with work by artists Max Dewdney, Jason Dungan, Jenifer Evans, Paul Jeszke, Peter Linde Busk, JT Lowen, Duncan Mckellar, Jonathan Murphy, Edward Peake, Paul Richards, Guy Rusha, Frances Scott, Susila Subramaniam, Gili Tal, Joe Walsh and Maria Zahle.
GORDON SHRIGLEY - New Drawings
ADAM DE LA COUR - Harem
RACHEL CATTLE - True Love
ALEX HIDLAGO â€“ Repellent
SARANYA CHAIKULNGAMDEE & ELIZABETH ANNE RIMMINGTON - Formula
DEANNA SIRLIN- Circling
REBECCA FOSTER, LUCINDA HOLMES, EMILY SPEED - Drawn Out
After Michaelangelo - Recent Adventures in the Male Nude (various artists)
DEBORAH HARTY - Daylight and Dusk
BEN SENIOR â€“ Bestiary
DIRK KRECKER - Drawing Series
SAM ORLANDO MILLER - Before the Thought of God
JENI BURNELL - Stories from a Kitchen in Kathmandu
NICHOLAS JONES - Mellow Fruitfulness
CHARLIE COBB - New Works
PIP SEYMOUR - The Ledge.
ANN DOWKER - Strange Children
Drawing on Each Other (various artists), The Landscape of Memory (various artists), Abrupt (various artists)
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The Centre for Recent Drawing presents Spent, an exhibition of the work of Jordan McKenzie from 10 January â€“ 1 February 2008.
The artistâ€™s reception for Spent will be at 6-8pm on Thursday 10 January at C4RD, 2-4 Highbury Station Road, London N1 1SB.
"During the last decade, McKenzie has produced a significant body of work that includes performance, installation, drawing and sonic art, all of which is notable for its brave and often shocking use of the body to explore taboo and push the boundaries of what is acceptable.
"This latest series of drawings, collectively entitled Spent, is no less controversial. Referencing the universal themes of procreation and creativity, these works are produced using human bodily fluids: the artist ejaculates on a sheet of drawing paper and covers it with a layer of carbon dust. When dry, the excess dust is removed, leaving a black imprint of the spurted semen. " David Gleeson
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12:30 - 17:30 or by appointment
Highbury and Islington Tube/Rail
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News and events
Currently at C4RD: we have Artist-in-Residence Lucinda Holmes producing work in the project space until January 15th. Holmes makes subtle sensitive works that often respond directly to the environment in which they are made. Her work is identifiable by its limited palette and use of everyday materials. In 2001 Lucinda won the Hunting Art Prizeâ€™s Drawing and Print Prize. Since completing her MA at Wimbledon School of Art, Lucinda has been on an international residency in the States and has been accepted on New Yorkâ€™sâ€™ Drawing Center Viewing Programme. It is possible to follow Lucinda's progress as we post regular updates online at www.c4rd.org.uk, and to visit the project space to view the work by appointment.
Education groups are invited to work closely with C4Rd on visits and to integrate their programmes within the capacity of C4RD's own programme.
Those with a core interest in drawing may sign up for free to C4RD's Community listing which lists drawing interest and contact details.
C4RD is made possible by private anonymous donation.