Jaanika Peerna

BendLine Series, 2015

graphite and color pencil on Mylar

6 x 11.5 in

Jaanika Peerna

Chelsea Graphite Falls, 2015

graphite and color pencil on Mylar, reflective Mylar

110 x 36 x 28 in

Joseph Karwacki

Last Dance for Metroid Prime (larger wooden piece), 2014

charcoal, pigment, and pastel on found wood

9 x 16 inches approx.

 

Solar Baby (smaller wooden piece), 2014

charcoal, pigment, and pastel on found wood

5.5 x 6.5 inches approx.

$250

Joseph Karwacki

The Birth of a Star, 2015 

charcoal, pigment, and pastel on paper

38 x 55 in 

$2,750

Ai Campbell

Orbs, 2015

mixed media installation

variable sizes

$150-$200 each

Tim Maxwell

Fall (Blood Lines), 2015
Ink on Paper

$6,500

James Bills

Republican Solar Tornado, 2012

pencil on paper

30 x 40 in

$1,500

James Bills

Democratic Tsunami, 2012

pencil on paper

30 x 40 in 

$1,500

Joseph Karwacki

Space Ace Late for the Race Just In Time, 2015

charcoal, pigment, and pastel on paper

6 x 9 in

$175

Colleen Blackard

Star Cluster, 2009

Archival ballpoint pen on paper

10 x 9 in

$400

Tim Maxwell

Audition (Sisyphus), 2014
Ink on Paper
11 x 14 in
$700

Tim Maxwell

A Dig (Bottom Feeders Out in MidDay), 2014
Ink on Paper
11 x 14 in
$700

Colleen Blackard

Fate, 2014

Prismacolor marker on paper

4 x6 ft

$10,000

Colleen Blackard

Taurus (Hyades), 2009

Archival ballpoint pen on paper

9 x 8.5 in

$400

Tim Maxwell

Fossilized Light From Above (Reflection), 2015
Ink on Paper
18 x 24 in

$2,000

Drawers Drawing

curated by Alison Pierz

October 8 – November 5, 2015

Drawers Drawing

Artists: James Bills, Colleen Blackard, Ai Campbell, Joseph Karwacki, Tim Maxwell and Jaanika Peerna

Curated by Alison Pierz

 

October 8th-November 5th, 2015

Opening reception Thursday Oct 8th, 6-8pm

 

The art of drawing is sometimes seen in a subordinate role to the traditionally dominant media of painting. After the rapid broadening of the art world to include conceptual, performance, multi-media, digital and countless other modes, it is slightly surprising in the twenty first century to encounter working artists who choose drawing as their primary, or in some cases, sole method of expression.

 

People who draw are technically referred to as draughtsman, which seems to suggest that their efforts are considered a step in a process. One draws a preliminary sketch, or plan – a draft - to be interpreted and developed into something else at a future date. The artists presented in Drawers Drawing have all made the choice to be “drawers” and consider their mark making an end product in itself.

 

The title is a reference to an early 1970s documentary that celebrated the high profile American painters of the mid twentieth century. In contrast, this exhibition showcases a group of artists with diverse origins in places like Japan, Estonia and Texas. Their artistic backgrounds and references include traditional Japanese brushwork, comic book art, tattooing, mathematics and movement. Pencil, pen and ink, marker and dry pastel are juxtaposed alongside each other in an inspired display of line, form and color.

 

Some of the works are presented as one might encounter them in an artist’s studio, for example a sketchbook opened to a single page, a large work on paper tacked to the wall, as though the artist has stepped away and might return to make additions and changes. Others highlight the diversity possible in drawing by being presented as three-dimensional installations and sculpture. Drawers Drawing celebrates the ancient human act of mark making and the artists who engage with it.