It's not the pencil that draws, it is your hand. Whether drawing lines
or inscribing words, the act of making marks lures ideas into the
physical world. Hands perceive and reveal things that our eyes and
conscious minds may never know. We discover things about ourselves and
our thoughts by engaging the hand in a mark-making process.
Drawing Hand is typical of Agelio Batle's work. In his offerings we
find an inventor extracting the extraordinary from the ordinary. Pencil
lead, dictionaries, globes, maps, old photographs - everyday artifacts
such as these give us no expectation of inspiration. To find epiphany
in mundane materials, poetry in the pedestrian, is the core of his
The investigative nature of Agelio's work may stem from his
background in the sciences. He received a BA in Biology from the
University of California at Santa Barbara. Not wishing to pursue a
career in science, he returned to his lifelong interest in art and
earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and
Crafts, graduating with High Distinction honors.