Abdelkader Benchamma “Representation of Dark Matter”

The Drawing Center

poster for Abdelkader Benchamma “Representation of Dark Matter”
[Image: Abdelkader Benchamma "Representation of Dark Matter" (installation rendering) (2015) Mixed media, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai and galerie du jour agnes b., Paris.]

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Further activating The Drawing Center’s newly designed exhibition spaces, each year an artist will be invited to create a wall drawing in the gallery’s main entryway and stairwell. The Center continues this initiative in April 2015 with a commission by contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchamma (b. 1975, Mazamet, France).

For his first U.S. museum presentation, Abdelkader Benchamma will create an astronomical vortex in the strikingly graphic large-scale drawing, Representation of Dark Matter, 2015. Comprised of a series of linear abstractions and nebulous, inkblot forms the work is a highly articulated depiction of the complexity of the solar system and its nearly imperceptible dark matter. The image’s swirling masses of lines are intricately rendered to resemble scientific illustrations of the Big Bang and explosive cosmic forces. Benchamma’s monochromatic use of such drawing tools as black felt-tip pens, India ink, and charcoal against the gallery wall’s pristine surface will result in a subtle array of tones and textures that straddles the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. As an occult mapping of time and space, this immersive installation gives form to that which is infinitely large and perpetually transforming.

Curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Adjunct Assistant Curator.



from April 10, 2015 to March 01, 2016

Opening Reception on 2015-04-16 from 18:00 to 20:00

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