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	Image: Jack Stahel

Dobell Drawing Biennial: Interpreting the world with a pencil

Artists Helen Wright and Jack Stahel chat with Yumi Stynes

Drawing is a fundamental way to observe, interpret and comprehend the world around us. We all do it – sketching a map to show someone directions, doodling or making diagrams and mind maps. But how much of what we see and draw is coloured by memory, history and imagination? Artists Helen Wright and Jack Stahel like to reimagine the world in their complex drawings that combine fantasy and reality. Their imaginative drawings of teetering architectural structures and ‘imaginary science’ are part of our new exhibition Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020. Writer and broadcaster Yumi Stynes asks the artists about their unique observations of our fragile and nonsensical world and places a microscope on the bizarre year that has been 2020.

This event will be live captioned.

Helen Wright is a Sydney-born artist who lives and works in Hobart. Her practice ranges across media including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. For Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020 she has created drawings of labyrinthine architectural structures that suggest the fragile balance between humanity and the natural world. Wright’s works have been widely collected by public and private collections around Australia and she has held numerous solo exhibitions. Last year she successfully completed her doctorate on the subject ‘Imagining and imaging the contemporary ruin’ and until recently taught printmaking at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart.

Jack Stahel is a Sydney artist who makes drawing installations based on ‘imaginary science’. His complex and finely-rendered drawings and collected objects imply a scientific method but are in fact ‘an informative bunch of nonsense’, a reflection on how the human brain seeks to understand and classify the world – and indeed, itself. Stahel won the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize in 2012 and completed a Master of Fine Art at UNSW Art & Design in 2015.

Yumi Stynes is a writer, broadcaster and music and art fan. Her fourth and fifth books will be out in 2021 and she’s keeping busy on the KiiS network with her national afternoon radio show, 'The 3pm Pickup’. Her most recent book, 'Welcome to Your Period’ won an ABIA Award for Book of the Year for Young People and has been translated into Russian, Chinese, Spanish and German, among other languages. In her spare time, Yumi goes to the Art Gallery of New South Wales and goes running. Sometimes she runs to the Gallery!

Image: Jack Stahel

Wednesday 4 November 2020, 7.30pm (AEDT)

Online event
The event will be streamed via our Facebook channel and Youtube channel

Duration 30 minutes

Related exhibition: Real Worlds