The Hand That Drew Alone

The Hand That Drew Alone

"Curiously, what we mean by drawing is not the same in Asia and in the Western world. We are presenting this exhibition at the gallery for the 7th time since 2007. The theme is always the same, it revolves around a very simple concept: the artists present on this exhibition - artists represented by Danysz or simply friends of the gallery - were invited to offer us one or more drawings, but what exactly do we mean by drawing?

As often with cultural misunderstandings, confusion results from language. In Chinese, the concept of drawing refers to the concept of huà — a generic term meaning image, painting, drawing. Like a host who is both rich and generous, huà hosts a whole range of techniques, genres and practices on his estate, such as yóuhuà (oil painting), qinbhuà (pencil sketch), mànhuà (band drawn, cartoon), guóhuà (traditional Chinese painting), xhuà (painting in Western style), etc. In Chinese, the emphasis is on the act of representing something - huàhuà (painting, drawing) - and the purpose of this action, the representation itself - túhuà (image, table, drawing).

In French, however, the concept of drawing is not as welcoming a host as "huà". It is not such a broad concept nor so elastic. In French, drawing does not want to be confused with painting, it would perhaps be the most effective way to circumscribe its meaning. Where painting generally requires the use of a brush to apply the pigments, the drawing traditionally sticks to its pencils. Where the painting unfolds in the aspect of a full and complete composition, with frank areas of color, the drawing has much more to do with the "line", "the line", and actually when they think of a drawing, Westerners most often have in mind the "contours" of a representation.

Today, it is up to you, visitors, as you stroll through the exhibition space, surrounded on all sides by such a rich collection of works, to decide this question: what do you see , huà or drawings? Or maybe both? But you can just as easily decide to do without these linguistic categories completely, and do something else, something that will be less subject to cultural landslides: you can choose to watch, just watch, and follow the hand of the artist. "

The Hand That Drew Alone

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