Jon-Claude Van Damme drawing by Regan Russell.

Neither Here Nor There

Illustration (or not) in Drawing Practice

Drawings Exhibition by UC San Diego Undergraduate Visual Arts Alumni
David Chen, Aaron Guerrero, Vanessa Martinez, Regan Russell and Christina Tsui

Dylan Jones (Subtext Gallery, San Diego),
Walter Sutin (UCSD MFA Student),
Enrique Covarrubias (Dream Design Builders, San Diego) and
Tom Knechtel (Artist and Professor at Art Center College of Design)
Moderated by Amy Adler (artist and Professor of Visual Art, UCSD).

April 30 - May 2, 2014

Panel Discussion on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, 6-8PM

Closing Reception on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 5-7PM,

UC San Diego Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Bldg. #202
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

The Experimental Drawing Studio presents
''Neither Here Nor There: Illustration (or not) in Drawing Practice''
Exhibition of drawings by UC San Diego Undergraduate Visual Arts Alumni.

An increasingly large number of undergraduate UC San Diego visual art majors identify with the paradigm of an art world that exists outside the mainstream. Their work (and that of the artists they admire most) is commonly referred to as "illustration," which implies it has a function outside of the realm of fine art practice. Dylan Jones from Subtext Gallery in San Diego which specializes in "street art" "lowbrow" and "pop surrealism," Walter Sutin, a UCSD graduate student who makes detailed pen and ink drawings, and Enrique Covarrubias, a project designer who makes hand drawn architectural visualizations, come together with visual artist Tom Knechtel, whose drawings and paintings span both descriptions. Knechtel is on both the fine art and illustration faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. These four points of view meet in a panel moderated by visual artist and UCSD Professor Amy Adler, on the difference between drawing as a fine art practice and drawing as illustration practice. Accompanying the panel will be an exhibition of recent UCSD undergraduate drawing that likewise rides this (fine) line.

Exhibition Gallery Hours: Weds April 30, 5-8pm and Friday May 2, 5-7pm or by appointment. E-mail: aadler [at]

About the EDS Initiative

The Experimental Drawing Studio provides open space for an intersection of disciplines that engage the practice of drawing in its expansive range of forms. Artists, engineers, architects, writers, designers, animators and media practitioners will have a clean and unencumbered space to specifically explore the role of drawing in their research. The studio will be used for exploratory drawing research and practice. This includes, for example, large scale or collaborative drawing projects, workshops and conferences on drawing, independent, collaborative and mentored projects between faculty and MFA and PhD Practice students and advanced undergraduates for the preparation for an exhibition, the scope of a proposed project, design and lay out of a graphic book, or focused research and teaching for an academic quarter.

The Experimental Drawing Studio is led by Associate Professor Amy Adler, Visual Arts UCSD in collaboration with Visual Arts Studio Area faculty and a committee of Visual Arts graduate students.

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Amy Adler
Associate Professor
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Image courtesy of Artist Regan Russell.
Regan Russell is an UC San Diego Visual Arts Undergraduate Alum.
For more about his work, please visit:

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