'Drawing Club' Opens January 23 at Park Life

January 1st, 2009

Drawing Club – Paintings and Drawings by 7 CCA Graduates Opens Friday, January 23, 2009

Bryson Gill

Chi Birmingham

Casey Watson

Isaac Lin

Jay Nelson

Kyle Mock

Peter Scherrer

Rachel Kaye

Park Life’s first show of 2009, Drawing Club, presents a group of artists that met and formed a tight-knit community while studying at California College of Arts and Crafts, now California College of the Arts (CCA).

The year was 2004, San Francisco, California. In the Mission District on Sunday mornings, Bryson Gill, Chi Birmingham, Casey Watson, Isaac Lin, Jay Nelson, Kyle Mock, Peter Scherrer and Rachel Kaye would gather in a sun drenched living room. They gathered for a day of doodling and collaborating on each others drawings. Pencils, pens, paper, brushes and other various drawing materials were sprawled out on the floor. No one was the sole author of a specific work, nothing was precious, and no work was for sale.  Drawing would last all day with bouts of conversation, jokes and often focused silence. People brought books, movies and music to share as inspiration. This was a budding time for these young artists.  In the evening,  often there would be a potluck style feast to recoup, reflect and unwind from the day.  Much like the drawings that were made, the dinner would parallel the ideas of collaborating and sharing.  Sometimes amounting to over 30 works during the session, drawings would be laid out on the floor and wall.  Narratives, connections, and comments would be made while pointing at one piece or another.