The ‘Banging Doors’ exhibition featured over 200 works involving over 60 dynamic drawers from both Melbourne & Byron Bay.
Statement from Banging Doors Exhibition by Ron Curran
The works on these walls are a document to diversity. Everyone has a different story to tell. How things look come ultimately from how people feel. Things structure out and result more or less exactly from these kinds of energies, mostly intimate and unheralded.
There is no ‘set way’ to draw; historically, it’s an ever expanding universe of dialect and style. There is the extra- brilliant seed of what is angelic or extraordinary in every person. This living force and it’s unfoldment is at the poetic heart of drawing. Each person’s experience is iconic and unique. Strong work has what could only be called a ‘compulsive originality’….. ie. it is non partisan and is not interested in any so-called tradition, it is non particular. To draw is to be, in a sense, spellbound.
Everyone is part of some kind of theatre and drawing is like a private showing, almost autobiographical; it is both translation and mime. Everyone has some kind of code or system of marks, originating from each person’s territory. Through the process of mark-making the magic of imagery becomes visible. The meditation of drawing makes it possible to remember who you are and what the language you were born with really is. Everyone has a personal mythology.
Pure drawing refuses enclosure. To learn to draw means to learn to fall and keep falling. The power and enchantment in work is often in it’s surprise element or even in it’s unexpected savagery or it’s raw lack of compromise. The works on these walls represent to some extent, to a greater or lesser degree, that spontaneity, that ambiguity and paradox, that human vulnerability…… or even that innocence that ultimately can be so disarming and yet, at the same time, so powerful.