Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde felt there was no need to staple a clever title onto this show of 11 artists, because Nice Drawings came about via a simple request for some of the gallery's friends and collaborators to send over a new drawing:
The responses were neither conventional or necessarily 'nice' drawings: Pencil-like lines are formed in an unthreaded rice bag; bikinied women wrestle on a barren beach of blank paper, (an animation composed of hundreds of hand-drawn frames). A sculptural ink drawing of a mauve mountain range reveals its grandeur to be nothing more than a flimsy film set. Nonsensical faux-architectural drawings depict a room in absurd dimensions, shreds of family photographs are finished and made caustic with graphite, the rigidity of lines on a grid is only a cover for artful errors.
Despite the playful title, each of these artists approaches the act and habit of drawing from a slant perspective, whether it's finding ways to draw without necessarily ending up with a drawing or turning absent-minded doodling into a private subversion.
Nice Drawings marks 10 years since Isabelle van den Eynde first organised an exhibition in Dubai. The show presents very new work by some of the co-conspirators the gallery has worked with along the way, and is a friendly sidestep away from overarching concepts or rigorous titles.
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