Five artists explore the phenomenon of the Line

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Five artists explore the phenomenon of the Line

  • 29 Oct 2014 — 15 Nov 2014

Amarjeet Nandhra, Andrea Tierney, Susan Stone, Lucy Baxandall and Noel Dyrenforth team up to give their individual interpretations of the most essential of all visual expressions – the Line. Line as language, capable not only of recording natural fact and defining character, but also of conveying the idea of movement and force, of action and repose. Although the Line is an abstract concept, in art it takes on infinite forms and conveys a multitude of things.

The artwork features media as diverse as watercolour, oil, acrylic, batik, stitched textile, screen- and monoprint as well as charcoal, ink and pencil. Paper, canvas, wood, silk and found objects are the raw material for creative flights of the imagination. The artists want to stir viewers to communicate their thoughts on the Line - we would like our visitors to ‘Pin a Line’, adding their idea or association on the subject.


Modern society encourages the notion that perfection should be the ambition of all - to become devoid of any flaws in all aspects of being. Yet it is in the flaws, the imperfections that the true story unfolds.


In Nature there is really no such thing as the Line, yet in Art we cannot do without it.


A line can be hard and aggressive or soft and gentle, whole and complete or broken and faded. My line took me to honesty, both in truth and plant form.


Line: the modest vehicle we use to plumb the layers beneath our feet then soar above in an attempt to map them. The sinuous thread of our limited understanding, always poised to stretch and track our tenuous progress.


"The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Will
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it."
(Verse 71 of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, translated by Edward FitzGerald)

Opening Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm, Sat 12pm - 4pp
Admission Free

Andrea Tierney, 'Green River', 2008

The North Wall Arts Centre

South Parade
Oxford OX2 7JN




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