Ted Barrow – February 21, 2014 – 3pm

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“Theodore’s Drawing Salon”
by Ted Barrow
Curated by Alise Tifentale

These Drawing Salons began with a fascination of 19th century parlor culture combined with an innocuous and particular pleasure taken from drawing with friends. Calling it a Salon, of course, brings to mind many high-falutin’ notions of propriety and exclusivity, which, as a selective group of friends, only somewhat fits. The project will involve a group of artists meeting at the Engineer’s Office Gallery, touring the galleries of Christie’s and drawing a selected group of objects or images on auction, then installing their renditions of these images in the space provided. Alise and I were thinking of doing Diego Rivera for the second installment, and then selfie’s for the third. The drawings, once installed, can be photographed and documented however each artist wants, but left in the space with the understanding that they will likely be taken down and destroyed by a third party. Although the format and size of the paper will not be regulated, ink drawings are a must.

Theodore’s Drawing Salon is an attempt to reflect on the seemingly victorious digitalization of the present-day culture. As a comment to the era of easily accessible tools of digital image-making and platforms for image-sharing, the Salon proposes an explicitly analog image-making and image-sharing environment. Yet the Salon will have its online presence and the team will happily engage in discussion and dissemination of the drawings.

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