Drawing the Line

The Poetry Café hosts a lively programme of art exhibitions inspired by poetry and literature.
Many of the exhibitions tour to other venues and have resulted in publications.
AL151. Painting by David Harker. © The artist.
AL151. Painting by David Harker. © The artist.

Drawing the Line.
An Exploration of Drawing by David Harker

27th Apr – 27th Jun 2015

The work in this exhibition represents an aspect of artist David Harker’s practice that explores drawing as a vocabulary.

His drawings of trees are from a 2013-2014 series of work influenced by the marks found in woodblock prints, screenprints and etching, particularly from contemporary China and nineteenth-century Japan.

More recent work shows rural and urban landscapes. The notion of landscape is represented through a variety of subjects, from scrubland and suburban environments to depictions of ancient ruins. The drawings are presented as fragments, rather than in the format of the traditionally framed landscape.

Drawing also provides material for the development of landscape paintings, some of which are included in the exhibition.

The representations of landscape recall places once visited and experienced, but also refer to the relationship between the built and natural environment.

David Harker’s landscape drawings have influenced the poet Tamar Yoseloff to write a new sequence of poems; these are presented with a selection of the drawings in the book Nowheres, published to coincide with the exhibition. It will be on sale in The Poetry Café during the exhibition, price £10.

Launch event with a reading by Tamar Yoseloff, The Poetry Cafe, 18th May, 6.30pm-9.30pm

In a packed event at The Poetry Café, David Harker spoke about the inspiration behind his work and his collaboration with Tamar Yoseloff. Tamar read from Nowheres – a pamphlet of poems inspired by, and the inspiration for, some of David’s paintings and drawings. “Her series of prose-poems… have the sharpness of early-Hemingway vignettes,” commented Write Out Loud in its review of the event. Scroll down for photographs of the evening.

Workshop: Crossing the Line, in collaboration with the Poetry School

On Saturday 6th June, 10.30pm-4.30pm, artist David Harker and poet Tamar Yoseloff will lead a one-day, cross-disciplinary workshop exploring how lines are created on the page. It is designed for both artists and writers interested in expanding and enriching their approach, with exercises in both visual and verbal line making. David and Tamar will also discuss how a successful collaboration is made between the two genres, using their work together as an example. The workshop will be held at the Poetry Society premises and costs £69 (concessions apply). For full details and to book your place, please contact the Poetry School.

About the artists

David Harker is an artist based in London. In 2014, he was awarded a grant from Arts Council England for his project and solo exhibition, Species of Trees and Other Landscapes. In 2012, he was awarded a residency at the Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland. In 2009 Arts Council England awarded a grant to support his research into the work of nineteenth century landscape painter Peter De Wint, at The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln. Prior to that he was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007. He has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and from 2001-2002 was a resident artist at the Florence Trust Studios in London. As well as exhibiting across the UK, he has been in group shows in Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. In 2001 he received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Hertfordshire.

Tamar Yoseloff’s most recent collections are The City with Horns (Salt, 2011) and Formerly, a chapbook incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald (Hercules Editions, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award. She is also the author of two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan and the editor of A Room to Live In: A Kettle’s Yard Anthology. She lives in London, where she is a freelance tutor in creative writing. Her fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, is due from Seren in October 2015.

Launch event with a reading by Tamar Yoseloff, The Poetry Café: photos