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Unrolling the Netherfield Scroll

Chris Cross, Jeremy Dixon, Michael Gold and Edward Jones

Grunt Group, Netherfield Scroll, Detail 6, c. 1971, DM 3004 IN SET

Grunt Group (*1965), Netherfield: detail showing axonometric, plans and section through house and garage, c. 1971. Ink on trace.

On 7 April 2018, former members of the Grunt Group – Chris Cross, Jeremy Dixon, Michael Gold and Edward Jones – presented their Netherfield Scroll to Drawing Matter. The 20-foot-long drawing was created c. 1971 for a low-density, social housing estate in Milton Keynes. The video is a brief selection of highlights from the 30-minute presentation at Shatwell by Cross, Dixon and Gold. Watch →

‘It is very good to be here and to see that the Netherfield drawing is being valued and looked after. It is all the more puzzling that a project like this, the product of white-hot inventiveness and confidence, should have declined in use, eventually to become what is known as a “sink estate”. I would like to try an explanation.’  Read on →  

‘In the decades before computer graphics became sophisticated enough, drawn instructions for building were usually produced in ink lines, hatchings, blobs and texts on tracing paper, using various instruments and templates. The paper came in rolls or in sheets at various named thicknesses, widths and lengths, with a rough or smooth surface.’   Read on →


Lines of Enquiry

Line, Light, Locus

Elizabeth Hatz


The newest Drawing Matter publication, Line, Light, Locus unfolds an inside view of the installation by Elizabeth Hatz at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The fold-out cover illustrates the room's four walls; inside full-sized colour plates show how the printing process allowed Hatz to orchestrate the size as well as position of each drawing.  See book →

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018


Drawing out Gehry

Riet Eeckhout

Riet Eckhout, The space between his head and two hands #3, detail, 2014

Riet Eeckhout (*1975), The space between his head and two hands #3, detail, 2014. Graphite pencil and white wax pencil on polyester film, 750 × 5000 mm.

‘Drawing at a size in relation to your body allows for the drawing not to become object, treasured in hand, at arm’s length. Rather, the direct relationship with a subject extrapolated through drawing processes and techniques brings this subject closer; it makes it somehow tangible, capable of being experienced and touched.’  Read on →


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