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Vol.29, No.0, 103 ~ 115, 2010
The role of drawing in contemporary art as seen through its conceptual shift
김재원 Kim Jae Won
Drawing is the most basic project which brings forth the thoughts and logic of the artist through keen observations of objects for the purpose of expressing their characteristics. It is also a laboratory where new ideas and techniques are developed and new materials and methods invented, greatly reflecting the first moments of inspiration rather than the overall completed form of the work. In the 20th century, the externality and sensibility of drawing gradually became distorted, and it emerged as a medium of expression for an expanded spiritual world of intellectual and rational thought. Coming to conceptual art, this conceptual shift in the idea of drawing meant internal necessity, ideas, and its processes were accorded greater meaning than as a completed work achieved through a certain process. In this way, drawing began as a concept of an additional stage in achieving completion meaning "representation" of man, and later, in contemporary art today, its meaning expanded to become an art of the "thing itself". In observing the artistic characteristics, new positions and roles of contemporary drawing through the conceptual shift that has taken place in contemporary drawing, this research seeks to show that the contemporary concept of drawing expanded and its forms multipled, escaping from the confines of painting to become gradually homogenized. Therefore, it is viewed that contemporary drawing calls for a fundamental investigation of drawing itself, for to observe its meaning and function is to perceive the contemporary aesthetic and mode of thought, which can also lead to more accurate critical thought about contemporary drawing as well as a broadened view of it. The mode of thought of contemporary art is not completion or conclusion of the "conceptualization" of "objects", but rather a new beginning, a cognitive attitude as "shift". While it is a fundamental investigation of the act of "drawing". it is also an aesthetic of contemporary drawing that can explain the difficulties of contemporary art.
Key Words
드로잉, 현대미술, 발상적 전환, drawing, contemporary art, conceptual shift
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