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the drawer - issue 24 - readingroom


The Drawer / 24

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For its 24th volume, The Drawer brings together a selection of drawings by some thirty final-year students from French and international art schools.

What's the status of drawing in art schools today? What does it look like? How do students draw? With what tools? What aspirations? What world(s) do they draw? The Drawer vol.24 attempted to answer these questions by bringing together the work of around 30 students in their last of year of art school in France and abroad. The Drawer has had the occasion to develop relationships with some art schools since its founding in 2011, most often through a network of teaching artists. 
Embracing its empirical character, this volume does not aim to be exhaustive. The schools that are absent here, whether because they weren't contacted, didn't respond to our call, or because their students weren't accepted, may appear in a future issue. The goal is to establish an annual and anticipated rendezvous, dedicated to the most contemporary drawing practices and its graduating practitioners. This issue is a glimpse, a fragmentary capture.
Each of the students presented was selected by The Drawer based on their portfolio, for the richness and vitality of their drawing. They were assigned a place in the magazine, which varied according to the nature of the artwork and the publication's intended rhythm.
The pleasure of discovering the work presented, its quality, was the first lesson and the first surprise. Drawing is doing just fine and these young artists have little to envy of their elders.
Second lesson: the digital revolution doesn't seem to have touched every art school. The use and place of new technologies in contemporary graphic practices are surprisingly limited, only present in a small number of the portfolios we received. Pencil has thick skin.
Third lesson: the predominance of the intimate and the collective in the published drawings and the discourse that their creators produce about them. Largely autobiographical, the drawings of the young artists appear as efforts to create bonds between themselves and the world, giving their personal history a collective and curative significance, warding off the misfortunes and violence of the era. 
The result is solid, sensitive, funny, touching. Drawing as a space of healing, distancing, and transformation of the world for the young generation.



The Drawer is a publication dedicated entirely to drawing founded in 2011. It’s also a publishing and curatorial platform for monographic book projects.

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