Ofri Cnaani: Drawing of Drawing Sessions

As part  of A.I.R at Governors Island, Cnaani will present a new participatory performance on Saturday, June 17th at 1pm. Join us at House 4A, Nolan Park, Governors Island!


Drawing of Drawing Sessions is a participatory performance rooted in the conventional method of a plein-air landscape drawing session. In the picturesque setting of Governors Island every session will begin with one person sitting outside drawing the landscape; only a few meters behind, a second person will sit, working on a drawing of a person drawing a landscape; a short distance beyond the second, a third is seated, forming a line of drawers of drawers, turning the natural mise-en-scene into a pedagogical mise-en-abyme.

The first performative session is an hour and will include several canonical drawing assignments.  After each assignment, the first in line will move to the end, turning the performance itself into a drawn human line that is constantly moving through its surroundings.

This transdisciplinary investigation challenges the conversation between the concepts of skill, expertise, art training, and the act of seeing.

Bailey Scieszka / Performance

Join us at A.I.R. for The Soft Side of Hardcore starring Old Put the Clown, a performance by Bailey Scieszka on Friday, February 3rd at 7pm. This program is organized as part of the 12th A.I.R. Biennial: Sinister Feminism, curated by Piper Marshall with Lola Kramer. For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Photo by Nicholas Calcott

Photo by Nicholas Calcott