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Draw-In (free)

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Art students and those interested in #fineart have probably heard about relational aesthetics. According to the progenitor of the term, French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud, relational aesthetics are "artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations… rather than an independent and private space." A bit obtuse, but it's actually a good way to approach Arts + Literature Laboratory's monthly Draw-In event. Think about the drawings you produce as in relation to everyone else's productions, and recognize how your hands are being manipulated by the other hands and bodies in the room. Think about the professional illustrators hosting the event, Rachal Duggan (a Tone Madison contributor) and Tommy Washbush, as curators of a community-art experience whose power is decentralized through the participants. Participants are asked to bring your own supplies, and objects for people to draw as still-lifes. Consider the artistic pressure these objects will exert that, ideally leading to the production of pleasing or interesting drawings. During this two-hour event, held on the third Thursday of every month, one can also consider how the linear flow of time is being managed to draw artists together into a singular space. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: December 21
Bad Cinema: The Long Kiss Goodnight (free)
Later Event: December 22
Matthew Coley