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Diogo Pimentao, Boris Thiébaut, Franziska Furter

The show, titled « Extended Drawings », brings together, under the curation of Pierre-Olivier Rollin, three young artists: Franziska Furter, Diogo Pimentao, and Boris Thiébaut. Each, in their own manner, explores the new possibilities unfolding in the realm of drawing.

After a period of relative indifference among artists, drawing has enjoyed a newfound relevance in the last few years. The exhibition « Extended Drawings », which is presented at CAB in Brussels till the month of December, serves as a testament to this renewed vitality.

In viewing the works of Franziska Furter, Diogo Pimentao, and Boris Thiébaut, one can’t help but be tempted to see an analogy with the painting movement of the 1980s: the methodical exploration, and the systematic deconstruction of the work’s various components, used not to isolate fundamental elements, but to open new possibilities. The new domains deployed here – once seen in painting but today found in drawing – are multiple and varied. They constitute new forms of expression, unique to today’s artists.

Thus, Franziska Further (Zurich, 1972), extends her drawings into sculpture, stretching the lines and accentuating both tactile and visual possibilities. Her works are spread out over the ground, which either forms their materiality, or designs the space with the liberty of a draftsman cutting up papers. Her installations share a direct rapport with her drawings, and they are often shown together.

Diogo Pimentao (Lisbon, 1973) is committed to developing the tridimensionality of drawing, seeking to mark the stroke of the draftsman, which becomes a exploration of both the tactile and of space itself. The drawings jump out beyond the flatness of the page’s limit, to embrace an entire wall or area, making the surrounding space its own environment, achieving at certain times a performance – and at other times a participatory conceptual process.

Finally, Boris Thiébaut (Charleroi, 1981) braids dense networks of black crosshatching, to reproduce, by erasure, details of mannerist engraving. True works of relief modeling, guided by a deep mastery of the play of shadow and of light, his works on paper, as well as his wall works, are a reflexive interrogation into the nature of drawing itself.

Faithful to a program that confronts different themes and influences, as well as diverging cultures, CAB has invited these three artists to produce specific works, and build them on site. These three works are shown along with older works of the artists, which act as counterpoints that go to the heart of an exhibition that demonstrates the singularity of the works, and their unique and exceptional character.

Franziska Furter, O B A F G K M, 2012 Wire Variable dimensions Work in situ

FRANZISKA FURTER

BORN IN ZURICH IN 1972 LIVES AND WORKS IN BERLIN

Franziska Further, extends her drawings into sculpture, stretching the lines and accentuating both tactile and visual possibilities. Her works are spread out over the ground, which either forms their materiality, or designs the space with the liberty of a draftsman cutting up papers. Her installations share a direct rapport with her drawings, and they are often shown together.

Diogo Pimentão, Wall Drawing, 2012 Graphite on wall Work in situ / Production CAB

DIOGO PIMENTAO

BORN IN LISBON IN 1973 LIVES AND WORKS IN PARIS

Diogo Pimentao is committed to developing the tridimensionality of drawing, seeking to mark the stroke of the draftsman, which becomes a exploration of both the tactile and of space itself. The drawings jump out beyond the flatness of the page’s limit, to embrace an entire wall or area, making the surrounding space its own environment, achieving at certain times a performance – and at other times a participatory conceptual process.

Boris Thiébaut with Hendrick Goltzius, (Dragon devorant les compagnons de Cadmus), 2012, Graphite on wall

BORIS THIÉBAUT

BORN IN CHARLEROI IN 1981 LIVES AND WORKS IN BRUSSELS

Boris Thiébaut braids dense networks of black crosshatching, to reproduce, by erasure, details of mannerist engraving. True works of relief modeling, guided by a deep mastery of the play of shadow and of light, his works on paper, as well as his wall works, are a reflexive interrogation into the nature of drawing itself.

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