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'Edinburgh', an interior filled by a coffin-like object. 2005
Ink and emulsion on old ledger paper
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Height: 436 millimetres
Width: 550 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The titles for Allington's drawings derive from inscriptions on the sheets of the old ledgers on which he makes his drawings.
Label text from 2008-9 Sept.-Jan BM, British Sculptors' Drawings
Allington began drawing on old ledger paper in the late 1970s. He found that the inscribed ledger sheets provided a ground strong enough to contrast with the illusionistic rendering of objects. The drawings are the basis of his practice, a process which sometimes gives rise to sculpture. In this drawing an interior is filled by a strange coffin-like object that evokes an archaic world.
Label text from 2016-18, Sep-Jan touring exhibition, 'Lines of Thought'
Allington often employs ledger paper as a support, and it remains central to his drawing process. In the 1970s he began to use graph paper to establish a picture plane, and experimented with ledger paper partly because the information it contained, once so important, had since become redundant. This visual ground occasionally conflicts with the space of the drawing, for instance in the lines of red ink which vie with Allington's drawn lines of perspective, or possibly floorboards. Drawing is the foundation of Allington's practice, which sometimes develops into sculpture. In both his drawings and sculptures, classical forms and architecture become vehicles by which to explore the inadequacy of historical understanding and, in his own words, 'how memory fails'. [Catalogue entry (T04910, available online) to Edward Allington, 'Seated in Darkness', 1987, published 'Tate Gallery: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1986-88' (London: Tate, 1996).]
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008-9 Sept.-Jan BM, British Sculptors' Drawings, no cat.
2016 3 Sep - 6 Nov, Poole Museum, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 60
2017 1 Jan - 25 Feb, The Brynmor Jones Library Art Gallery, University of Hull, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 60
2017 12 Mar - 5 May, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 60
2017 May - Sep, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 60
2017-2018 Oct - Jan, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 60
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