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The San Diego Public Library organized nine highly acclaimed drawing exhibitions between 2000 and 2011. The new Central Library is presenting "Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show."

Like its predecessors, this exhibition showcases San Diego-based artists applying a range of concept, media, and process to demonstrate the value of this quintessential image-making technique.

Beyond the simplicity of lines on a surface, drawings provide an infinite possibility of creative output. The seven artists featured in this anniversary event challenge our assumptions of the medium by working with traditional as well as unexpected materials, including charcoal, ink, gouache, cut paper, graphite, watercolor, acrylic, and glass. Many of the pieces balance between the profound and the political, while others use uncompromising humor and candor to contribute social and cultural commentary. The result is work that is at once boldly expressive and delicately severe. All of the artists draw with skillful and unerring precision, some creating works that incorporate traditional figure drawing and narrative, while others explore conceptual ideas and abstraction.

Intersecting Lines not only examines the convergence of different media, meaning, and conceptual creativity, but ardently celebrates the vitality and energy that is so pervasive in drawing today.

Curated by Kara West, the Library's new Arts and Culture Exhibition manager, featured artist include Joshua Eggleton, John Halaka, May-ling Martinez, Jessica McCambly, Bhavna Mehta, Herbert Olds, and Marisol Rendón.

Intersecting Lines opens April 26 in the Art Gallery on the ninth floor of the new Central Library. It will run through July 12. A reception for the participating artists is planned for Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

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