New exhibition stretches boundaries of drawing and sculpture

Monday, 24 July 2017

Ruth Broadbent roll of paper 800x450

A new exhibition will begin in the Glass Tank on Monday 31 July, entitled The Language of Line.

The Language of Line brings together the work of three artists, Associate Lecturer Ruth Broadbent and Oxford Brookes alumni Harriet Boardman and Jane Wafer.

The three artists share the use of line, materials, processes and a focus on the natural world to stretch the boundaries of drawing and sculpture. 

To make the most of the Glass Tank space, we have created some new large-scale pieces and I am looking forward to seeing how these will generate new meanings and dialogues when exhibited together.

Ruth Broadbent, Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Ruth Broadbent, who is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University said: “Discovering numerous connections in our work helped us define the nature of this show and select pieces that would work both individually and as a whole. 

“To make the most of the Glass Tank space, we have created some new large-scale pieces and I am looking forward to seeing how these will generate new meanings and dialogues when exhibited together.”

Ruth Broadbent’s pen on paper and copper wire drawing sculptures, from her Imagined Lines series, explore questions about abstract line and our instinctive readings of it. This new body of work, triggered by a doodle, has grown into an extensive series of scribble-like lines and a wider investigation into the extension of line in drawing, from imagined lines to tracks and lines in the landscape.

Harriet Boardman 800x450Harriet Boardman’s work echoes her interest and ongoing explorations into aspects of landscape through encounters with place by solitary walking. For this exhibition she presents works that reflect her concern for line, object-process relationships and place. Wind Map, a piece featured in the exhibition uses the wind to create its own drawing through a series of interconnected lines. 

Jane Wafer’s work reflects her interest in the potency of materials. For this exhibition she is making two ‘floor drawings’:  Corrosive – Preservative, an outline map of Britain in sea salt and Shadow, a drawing executed on the paving outside the gallery. Also featured are recent sculptures in aluminium and steel, made by twisting a line of wire through space to produce organic forms, which can be seen hanging in the Abercrombie Atrium. 

Jane Wafer 800x450The exhibition is free and open Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm, until Monday 4 September. The Glass Tank is a unique exhibition space located on the ground floor of the Abercrombie building on the Headington Campus.