High/low: figurative drawing today
Untitled, 2016, ink and pencil on paper, 21 × 14.8 cm, courtesy of the artist and Christian Andersen, Kopenhagen
What to bring
Your preferred drawing implements and paper. Further materials can be purchased in the Academy shop. Possibly a photo camera (mobile camera is enough).
Maximum number of participants
€ 700,– (€ 540,–)
This course is devoted to figurative drawing. We will observe the human form and explore how the body can be depicted as the scene of social and political configurations. We will examine what kind of form can be found for doing this today, and why drawing in particular assumes an interesting role here.
By means of various exercises with models, anatomical studies, drawing from memory or from illustrations, exaggeration and simplification, we will acquire a great many resources for representation and methods of form-finding. In addition, we will experiment with pictorial spaces that deviate from our central-perspective habits of seeing.
Besides the practical work, we will look at drawing over several centuries, and see how artists ranging from Pieter Bruegel to Lee Lozano have depicted the body as a semantic vehicle. It becomes clear how, specifically in drawing, hierarchical evaluations between “high” art and “low” forms of artistic expression have been subverted. Mike Kelley’s essay Foul Perfection: Notes on Caricature serves as the starting-point for an alternative narrative of 20th- and 21st-century art, to which artists drawing both figuratively and narratively have made many inspiring contributions.
Till Megerle, born in Bayreuth (DE) in 1979, lives in Vienna and Berlin. He studied at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts (DE) and the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. His drawings, photographs and videos deal with topics such as body images, pop culture and history.
2017 The Thug Silhouette, Kunstbunker Nuremberg (DE). Supreme, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen. 2016 Till Megerle, San Felice, San Felice (IT). 2015 Donkeys, 21er Haus, Vienna. Baireuth, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg (DE). 2014 Till Megerle, Studio 2o46, Berlin. HALLUX, Christian Andersen, Copenhagen. 2013 Till Megerle, Diana Lambert, Vienna.
2017 Spiegelnde Fenster, 21er Haus, Vienna. 35. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (AT). Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London. 2016 Formen des Auswurfs, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz (AT). Work on Paper, William Arnold, New York, NY (US). 48 Drawings, Spike, Berlin. 2015 Bilder der Vergangenheit (with Michael Franz), Nousmoules, Vienna. 2014 Don't you feel me, Micky Schubert, Berlin.
Anke Dyes: "Till Megerle at Christian Andersen", in: MAY, 18, 2017.
"Till Megerle: Three Presidents", in: Texte zur Kunst, 104, 2016.
"Till Megerle: Baireuth", in: Camera Austria, 130, 2016.
Max Henry: "Till Megerle", in: Spike Art Quarterly, 46, 2015/16.
Till Megerle: Dominik Sittig: INVOLTE, Textem Verlag, Hamburg 2013.
Marc Prince, "Till Megerle", in: Frieze, 150, October 2012.
Rap, 2017, directed by Steffen Martin, Till Megerle
Feast, 2017, directed by Yulia Lokshina
2 A.M., 2016, directed by Loretta Fahrenholz
Group Admits Mistake, 2016, directed by Michael Franz
My Throat, My Air, 2013, directed by Loretta Fahrenholz
Ditch Plains, 2013, directed by Loretta Fahrenholz