"This Is Not A Drawing" Exhibition

Spencer Brownstone Gallery

poster for "This Is Not A Drawing" Exhibition

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Using Magritte’s famous surrealist work "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" as a point of departure, the exhibition investigates how drawing attempts to surpass its various limitations and take on the more esoteric qualities of other mediums. Whether the results of such attempts are sublime or contradictory, successful or floundering, all possess two realities; one that is two-dimensional and another that is independent of linear constraint.

'This is not a Drawing' will feature works on paper by three artists employing widely varying approaches to the medium.

Jeff Gabel’s graphite and colored pencil renditions of his personal blog - a wry and unique take on the generic web template and its seemingly mundane content (artistic ennui, creative angst) - turns the idea of blogging about art on its head, achieving a dynamic to which the strings of the commonplace no longer connect. These works are neither blog entries nor drawings but something entirely different.

David X Levine’s renderings of abstract shapes are executed with a heavy application of colored pencil that endows their surfaces with a severe waxy build up. Their simplicity quickly gives way to a zen-like complexity as if they aspire to exist in a realm that is more sculptural (read: Brancusi and Arp) than two-dimensional.

Monika Zarzeczna’s works incorporate a multitude of visual elements, -ranging from figurative to abstract and sacred to profane. Simultaneously scattered and compact, the placement of these elements is curiously off kilter and seemingly free-floating, while the juxtaposition of religious and secular imagery forges a Magrittian contradiction of sign and symbol.



from July 31, 2008 to August 29, 2008
Opening Reception: July 31, 6-8pm.

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    perke: (2008-08-01 at 22:08)

    one of the artists' blog http://stolperer.blogspot.com/
    can be found in the exhibition adapted to drawings

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