Ulster University Art Gallery - Substance to Shadows


The Ulster University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Substance to Shadows: A Group Drawing Exhibition with artists' David Haughey / Alice Maher / Miguel Martin / Mark McGreevy / F.E. McWilliam / Eddie Rafferty/ Mark Shields.

In an essay accompanying the exhibition, David Haughey observes: “Independent of the artist’s claims about the work or its reference, it is impossible to tell with any of the selected drawings whether the object, photograph, memory, or screen has been utilised as method of reference or observation. Drawing of the range displayed is characteristic of the fragility of the human interpretive and communication process and indicative of its many flaws. However it is these very lapses and incongruities that allow the mimetic drawing to act critically within various modes of contemporary discourse, and respond directly through methods inaccessible to other image classes.

Whether this variety of motivation is explicit in the artists strategy, mimetic drawing in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries assumes this position. It displays openly the fallibility of memory, uncovered are the incomplete connections between synapse and tendon, and wholly abandoned is any assumption of truth-claim or fact. The drawings on display, representational in all cases, directly undermine certainty, and question how reality presents itself to us visually”.

Substance to Shadows: A Group Drawing Exhibition    
October 26 – November 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26, 6-8pm

Ulster University believes that creativity is a cornerstone of society. It has a very important part to play in our quality of life, wealth and civilisation.

View full programme

Arts & Culture - Social