Exhibited from June 12 - 28 at Pirate Contemporary Art in Lakewood, Colorado, Study Room featured 19 works from the Wraps series. The show title comes from many hours spent behind the scenes in museum collections looking at prints and silverpoint drawings close-up – the ideal way to look at small works, in my opinion. For many of the drawings in the Wraps series, I start with a paper model, cut, folded, shaped and twisted into a new object which I draw in silverpoint. The objects themselves are in many cases inspired by ideas from mathematics and quantum mechanics. The drawings of Palladio and Jamnitzer have also inspired me lately, and some of their ideas creep in to these works as well.
These drawings were mostly done between 2018 and 2019 while I was working on the book Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing with Susan Schwalb, and a few were completed after the book was published, when I could dig in to studio work again in earnest. Silverpoint is a medium which elicits subtlety in light and line effects, and I am always looking to make work which both shows the capabilities of the medium, and challenges me to find new levels of competency with it. In general, it takes me roughly a week to decide on a subject, plan the drawing, and execute the finished work. The paleness and precision of silverpoint allows me to work slowly, spending time examining the subject then bringing it to life gradually, in subtle, exact tones.
Arrhythmia, 2020, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches
Radiolarian I, 2019, silverpoint on casein-prepared paper, 14 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches.
Cyclone, 2019, copperpoint on casein-prepared paper, 11 x 11 inches (sheet size).
Fibonacci Spiral, 2019, silverpoint on casein-prepared paper, 11 x 13 3/4 inches (sheet size). Private Collection.
Elliptical Spiral, 2019, silverpoint on casein-prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Caldera, 2019, silverpoint on casein-prepared paper, 11 x 15 inches (sheet size)
Palladio, 2018, silverpoint on prepared paper, 15 x 11 inches (sheet size)
Pucker, 2016, silverpoint on casein-prepared paper, 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (sheet size)
Double Slit (Version 1), 2018, silverpoint on prepared paper, 13 x 10.75 inches
Love Knot, 2019, silverpoint on prepared paper, 10 3/4 x 13 inches
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