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CFP: “Crossing the Line: Drawing across Borders and Discourses” (Waterloo, 25-27 Oct 2018)

Contributor: Jessica Wyman

Co-chairs: Jessica Wyman, OCAD University; Dan Adler, York University

This session is focused on contemporary art practices that stretch or subvert conventional definitions of drawing. We wish to explore how and why drawing—a medium long associated with both the activity of ideation and the manual act of creation—continues to play a central role for process-based and conceptually rigorous practices, allowing for an opening-up or expansion of established understandings of aesthetic production. We welcome papers from artists and art historians offering case studies that combine close readings of specific artworks, approaches to drawing practices, and theoretical discussion. Papers may address specific compositional devices—such as the grid, the diagram, the sequence, and the matter of linearity and/or legibility. We wish to explore strategies, from the 1960s until the present, that deal with some of drawing’s assumed attributes—its mobility and elasticity, its economy and anti-monumental character, its exploratory nature, and its capacity to serve as a mediating form, along with elements such as the notational, the diagrammatic, and the reductive. Potential topics may include politically or polemically engaged approaches to drawing and the line such as those, for example, which reflect indigenous, queer, feminist, and other marginalized cultures and communities.

Contact Information:
Prof. Jessica Wyman, OCAD University

Prof. Dan Adler, York University

Submissions should be made by email to both chairs, listed above, and must include: name and email address of the applicant; applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank (submission from independent scholars and practitioners is also welcome); paper title and abstract (300 words maximum); and a brief bio (150 words maximum).

Proposals may be submitted by current members or non-members of UAAC. Non-members must become members of UAAC and pay registration fees in order to present a paper at the conference.

The 2018 UAAC conference will be held at the University of Waterloo, Canada, October 25-27, 2018

Relevant research areas: North America, 20th Century, Contemporary

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