The Inventions series of silverpoint drawings will be the focus of my next exhibition at Pirate Contemporary in Denver. Running August 20 - September 5, 2021, with a reception opening night at 6 p.m., the show will feature a dozen of the best Two-part Inventions from the series. The titles of these works refer to the inclusion of a 2-D diagram alongside the 3-D object in the drawing, making the two parts. The diagram informs and refers to the paper object, and gets "elevated" into the third dimension by being drawn in perspective. The whole subject then is reduced down to two dimensions when it becomes a silverpoint drawing. Many of these were inspired by Wenzel Jamnitzer's engravings from the 16th century.
Two-part Invention No. 15, 2021, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 1/2 x 12 inches
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has selected several of the drawings in the Incantations series for an upcoming show of textual art called Word Play. Running September 16 through November 14, 2021, the show features over a dozen artists including Jade Hoyer, Joel Swanson, Paula Gasparini-Santos, Jim Johnson, Jeff Page, Paul Weiner, Scott Young, Sammy Lee, Trey Duvall, Don Fodness, Lares Feliciano, Masha Sha, Cherish Marquez, and Joe Norman. There will be a public reception on Thursday, September 16 from 6-9 p.m.
The works selected as my contribution are among the last drawings in the Incantations series; comprised of drawings of type-high blocks, each takes an existing block as its inspiration then invents several more “letterforms” to comprise a word with only vague connections to language. From reality comes abstraction, then words to describe the abstraction, then letters that mimic the sound of the word. Take away the recognizability of letters and the distant reality itself where all this started becomes lost, like the game of “telephone” we used to play as kids. And of course because it’s type, it’s all backwards to begin with.
Type Improvisation on n, 2017, silverpoint with highlight on prepared paper, 10 x 10 inches
Arrhythmia has been selected for the Works on Paper 2021 - National Juried Competition, at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The show runs June 12th, 2021 - July 5th, 2021.
Arrhythmia, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches
My drawing Novel was selected for the 55th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show held at the Joseph A Cain Memorial Art Gallery at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. The show ran February 19 through May 8, 2021, with a reception on opening night.
Novel, 2018, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1-4 inches (sheet size)
Works from Study Room are in two group shows in Denver this January: Pirate Contemporary Art in Lakewood is having its 41st Annual Members Show, January 1 - 17, and Spark Gallery in Denver is hosting Colorado Draws, juried by Louise Martorano, Executive Director of RedLine, January 8 - February 28.
Puff, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, one of two works shown at Pirate Contemporary in their annual members show.
A short video highlighting images of works in Study Room at Pirate Contemporary Art, June 12-28, 2020
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