The Drawer

English, French
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The Drawer, a magazine made mainly of drawings and dedicated to drawing, gives the floor and field almost entirely to the "drawers," collecting the drawings and textual contributions of roughly thirty artists and makers every six months.

"The drawer" means "the drawer" in English. It also refers to "the one who draws." Assuming the title's polysemy, the periodical The Drawer may therefore be termed a "drawer of drawings." Which, in a sense, it is: The Drawer is a magazine completely made up of drawings and devoted to drawing, which may be opened and closed at leisure and is conductive to the most unexpected connections.

The Drawer, a monomaniac, is no less open-minded: she is interested in all drawings, as long as they are nice, and all drawers. The Drawer, which celebrates the discipline of drawing in its broadest sense, combines works from artists (visual artists, illustrators, designers, architects) as well as less anticipated creative (singers, writers, musicians, choreographers, directors). What they share is a similar drawing style and practice.

The Drawer is a semi-annual publication that is also topical. Each issue begins with the title of a literary, cinematographic, or musical work selected for its creative and/or fanciful possibilities (volume 1: Les Temps modernes, volume 2: La M├ętamorphose, and so on). Each contributor is requested to contribute to it, and each published drawing, whether previously published or created just for the occasion, is tied to it.

The Drawer, a playground for expression and creativity centered on a common topic, gives information on the plastic and visual complexity of drawing today, as well as the artists and personalities who were asked to respond to a set of questions. Why do we draw? What should I draw? Drawings that didn't work? ...

The Drawer is more concerned with typography than with content, and it is glanced at, leafed through, and constructed rather than read. The Drawer, portable exhibition, compact graphic art cabinet, has just one goal: to communicate the wonders and delights of drawing.

It is the result of the labor of a small team of drawing enthusiasts: Sophie Toulouse, creative director, and Barbara Soyer, who works in publishing and contemporary art.

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