Saturday, November 5, 2016 4-6pm
Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, MA
Thursdays 12-4pm and by appointment.
Drive-by Projects is pleased to present Wood + Paper + Earth: an exhibition of pencil drawings by Gary Batty, Lynne Woods Turner and August Ventimiglia; wood sculpture by Fritz Horstman; ceramic plates by Linda Nagaoka; and works on paper by Christine Hiebert. The artists in this exhibition share a concern with the formal elements of composition: balance, perspective, movement, value, etc. Yet the properties of each artist's chosen material and her/his work processes play a defining role in their "drawings."
Both Lynne Woods Turner and Linda Nagaoka speak of slowing down time. Woods Turner seeks to slow the process of seeing by engaging viewers in the act of deciphering her small, shape-shifting line drawings, while Nagaoka submits to the measured, meditative process of hand-building and glazing her minimal clay plates. Nagaoka allows the acts of rolling, pinching, coiling, painting etc. to slow her down, whereas Woods Turner want us to join her in a slow deliberation on the line, space and meaning of her delicate, enigmatic drawings.
Time is also an element for Gary Batty as he painstakingly pencils sequenced patches of tiny marks to form strange, net-like topographies. These loosely structured drawings occupy a shallow space and are difficult to grasp visually. Are they microscopic cell formations or aerial views of ruined cities? Often inspired by actual objects, Batty's drawings soon evolve into mysterious abstractions.
As in his snap line drawings, August Ventimiglia's new works use common, low tech tools to form the basic linear elements. Though the drawings appear plotted on a grid, they are not mathematically consistent. Rather, they are built of individual line segments connected with other segments to form a field of conjoined marks that occupy the picture plane.
Fritz Horstman's small wood sculptures began as models of the formworks (molds into which concrete is poured to form a foundation) from buildings with which he has been intimately connected: his childhood home, his in-laws' home and a structure that he helped to build. As Horstman arrests the construction process in miniature, he allows us to see the skeletal underpinnings of these structures as intricate
Christine Hiebert sees her drawings as "the arena of the line," yet where Hortsman's Formworks intersect space, Hiebert's occupy the page with undeniable physicality. Bold bars of inked tape and smudged earth dominate Hiebert's drawings. Sometimes they stand alone, single monoliths; at other times they interact, leaning and pushing against each other and/or the white background.
We are pleased to announce that Fritz Horstman, who will be included in our upcoming drawing exhibition, has been selected to participate in the deCordova New England Biennial.
On View Sep 02, 2016 - Jun 01, 2017.
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