The Julie M. Gallery is excited to announce our upcoming solo, The Restless Line, an exhibition of recent drawings by Ram Samocha.
Please join us between 7pm and 11:30pm on the evening of Nuit Blanche for a reception and live performance from Ram Samocha. “Peace Talks” will be a test of endurance as Samocha tackles multiple canvases with exhilarating purpose and speed, stretching the limits of his anthropometric, gestural style.
In 1999 Samocha spearheaded the germinal group show Explosive Drawing at the Hamumheh Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel, blurring the line between artist and curator. His curatorial essay for this collection of contemporary Israeli drawings is intrinsic to the comprehension of Samocha’s performative art practice today. “Drawing,” Samocha wrote, is “that which transpires between two points.” This statement is deceiving it its simplicity, for the two points to which he refers manifest in rich plurality.
Samocha simultaneously addresses to two literal points—which are gathered into dialogue by the drawn line—as well as the polarities of creator and receiver, the artist’s studio and the gallery, immediacy and permanence, autonomous action and performance, etc…
Since pinpointing both what drawing is and the many realms it balloons to encompass, Samocha has crafted an artistic practice that preys upon the fractal tensions between his “points”. In the physically taxing public performance of drawing, Samocha grabs ahold of each point and attempts to muscle the two ever closer together. In spite of inherent tensions, he gathers these compressed energies into a coiled spring that finds release on black unstretched canvas.
As the performance develops, what began as a tabula rasa explodes into a myriad accumulation of terse, waxy pigmented lines that scintillate with the dynamism of fireworks. Samocha’s staccato gestures layer rapidly, sedimenting into rhythms of colour and bold imagistic compositions. University of Waterloo Professor Doug Kirton writes, “The images burst from their dark grounds and emit a shimmering ineffably quality of light that draws the viewer closer, into intimate contact with the surface” (Foreword to No Peace, 2009).
Accompanying The Restless Line is a critical essay by emerging curator Robin Selk, and an artist’s catalogue authored by Ram Samocha. Samocha has shown extensively in Canada and Israel, as well as in the United States, Mexico, Italy and the Netherlands.
Ram Samocha Catalogue