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The Mind in the Hand: Drawing from The Dowse Collection

Past Exhibition
13 May – 29 Oct 2017
Free

Philip Trusttum, Untitled (Toothbrushes), 1972. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1978

Philip Trusttum, Untitled (Toothbrushes), 1972. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1978

The Mind in the Hand installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2017. Photo Shaun Matthews

The Mind in the Hand installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2017. Photo Shaun Matthews

The Mind in the Hand installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2017. Photo Shaun Matthews

The Mind in the Hand installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2017. Photo Shaun Matthews

The Mind in the Hand installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2017. Photo Shaun Matthews

The Mind in the Hand installation at The Dowse Art Museum, 2017. Photo Shaun Matthews

It seems that whether the hand is holding a pencil, a loaded brush, a piece of modelling clay, or even a collage paper, it is not important. What is of prime importance is that the hand responds to what is seen. So, what is it that is seen? In earlier times I used to draw the thing seen; now I see the thing drawn.

—Bridget Riley

This exhibition considers the intuitive relationship between how we think and what we create. Many artists use drawing to test their ideas in a physical way, yet despite this practice being intrinsic to art making we seldom see drawings as the focus of exhibitions.

The mind in the hand teases out how this underestimated medium has been explored by artists in The Dowse’s collection: not only considering gestural studies and plans, but thinking about how a drawing can be an artwork in its own right.

Artists in The Mind in the Hand are Louise Henderson, Rita Angus, Stanley Palmer, Don Peebles, Charles Tole, Philip Trusttum, Joanna Margaret Paul, Tony Fomison, Jeffrey Harris, Martin Ball, Gretchen Albrecht and Helen Crabb.

Eleanor, W. (2017, May 9). Bread and butter of an artist’s work. Hutt News.