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European Frame Series

Bateson, Karen and Young, Hamish (2004) European Frame Series. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Bateson, Karen and Young, Hamish

Consisting of 21 drawings, this series addresses the questions ‘what is a drawing?’; ‘how can drawings be made collaboratively?’; ‘to what extent is the material used to make a drawing fundamental to its categorization as a drawing?’; and ‘what is the relationship between the picture-frame and drawing?’

Using various weights and thicknesses of pencil lead, profiles of specific picture-frames were made by butting up the leads and mapping a series of points on the frame at pencil lead width to form a negative on one side and positive on the other. The resulting shape is neither positive nor negative, but forms both. The frame is transformed from a decorative, inconsequential object into an abstract, sometimes lyrical form, a line drawing, and a sculpture. This work is the result of the collaboration between Bateson and Hamish Young, co-author of ‘Fine Art Metal Casting: An Illustrated Guide to Mould Making and Lost Wax Processes’ (London, Robert Hale, 2003). The use of a process-oriented method of making drawings, devised by Young, allows both artists to be involved in the physical creation of this work. Background research is undertaken by Bateson allowing an information-rich, theory-based dialogue to take place between the artists.

Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > RAE 2008
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 30 November 2004
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
‘Self-portrait’ (2003) was exhibited in ‘25 Artists-25 Drawings', The Drawing Gallery, London.30 November 200423 December 2004
‘Symphony in White No. 1: The White Girl’ (2005) was exhibited in ‘Drawing Inspiration’, Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal.2006
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 20:26
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2010 09:52
Item ID: 1895
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1895

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