Walk the Line

Walk the Line is about the transforming mystery of good drawing – its ability to freeze and flow like water. This dynamic exhibition aims to investigate the relationship and connections between two ‘shapeshifters’; drawing and poetry, between the sequential evocations of writing and the continuous, immediately present drawn image. In Irish poet John Brown’s view, good drawing exceeds and confuses truth by mixing up the real and imagined, or walking the line between. This freedom is expressed through Paul Klee’s idea of ‘taking the line for a walk’ but the title also references Johnny Cash’s song. Dutch artists Tjibbe Hooghiemstra and Arno Kramer often incorporate text into their work whether through title and accompanying poetry, creating neologisms or in palimpsest, on the very paper supporting the image. This exhibition further develops themes explored and touched on in their previous work.

Walk the Line responds to the continuing enthusiasm for drawing, popular with the public for its directness and immediacy. This exhibition aims to develop this further through the methods in which the works are presented, having been drawn and scribed straight onto the walls. This visceral process creates an experience for the viewer, bringing them directly into what is usually a private activity, which can very often betray a conscious or subconscious thought process.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 About John Brown:

John Brown is a poet, writer and visual artist born in County Derry, Northern Ireland in 1961. He studied literature in Bristol and Edinburgh, worked as Literature Office for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland before becoming Writer in Residence in Magilligan Prison. John Brown’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines; his poetry collections include As the Crow Flies (Lagan Press, 2002) and Where the Cow Lies Down (2008), a collaborative book with Bartle Laverman and Tjibbe Hooghiemstra. Among the numerous books John Brown has edited are In the Chair, a series of interviews with poets from the north of Ireland published by Salmon Poetry, Magnetic North, a collection of new poetry from Northern Ireland, and A Feather on a Finger: Selected Poems of Matt Ewart. He is currently editing a collection of writing from prison entitled Postcards from Home (2011).

About Tjibbe Hooghiemstra:

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra works as a visual artist in the Netherlands and in Ireland. He was educated in Groningen, the Netherlands, at Academie Minerva (BA) and in Gent, Belgium, at Sint Lucas (MA), and is a teacher at the academy of arts in Grins, and regularly teaches at art colleges in Dublin (National College of Art and Design) and Belfast (University of Ulster). He exhibits in Europe, America and Japan. His work has been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Teylers Museum, Harlem, Tate Gallery, London, National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, Limerick, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo and Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick.

About Arno Kramer:

Arno Kramer works as a visual artist in the Netherlands and in Ireland. He has compiled and curated various exhibitions, particularly exhibitions of drawings including Into Drawing, contemporary Dutch drawing in 2005, which toured to five countries, and Into Irish Drawing 2009 and more recently All About Drawing 100 Dutch Artist, 50 years of Dutch Drawing. He was a teacher for 20 years a teacher at the AKI (Academy of the Visual Arts and Design) in Enschede, the Netherlands and has been a guest teacher at art colleges in Ireland, England, Scotland and the USA. He publishes on the visual arts and also writes poetry. His own work has been displayed in the Netherlands, Ireland, England, USA, Sweden and Germany and has been acquired by Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede, Museum de Fundatie Heino, Van Reekum Museum Apeldoorn, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo.


John Brown, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, and Arno Kramer.

This collaborative exhibition and publication are commissioned by Jackie Barker, Director of Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown. The exhibition will be formally opened by Helen Carey, Director of Limerick City Gallery of Art.

1-30 June 2012

Image: detail from drawing installation by Arno Kramer, courtesy of the artist.

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