Project Description

Current Exhibition

Leonardo Drew: Cycles

10975 SW 17th St • Miami, FL 33199

Current Exhibition

Leonardo Drew: Cycles

10975 SW 17th St • Miami, FL 33199

Leonardo Drew’s prints, at once powerfully large yet fragile, test the versatility of the medium, transforming cotton paper pulp and pigment into what suggests densely populated cities, a forest, or an urban wasteland.

They sometimes look like maps of geographical landscapes viewed from above, while others are reminiscent of the night sky and distant galaxies. Evocative of fire, soil, sky, and water, there are strong perceptions in both microcosmic and macrocosmic scale.

Organic forms within the composition undulate with various textures and luminosities, pushing the boundaries of its materiality. Much like his sculptural installations in wood, Drew starts with a raw material, transforming and reconstructing its essence until it resembles debris. Through this process, the artist articulates diverse histories of chaos, and cycles of birth and death.

Several examples of the artist’s sculptures will also be on view. Using a variety of off-the-shelf materials (wood, cardboard, paint, paper, plastic, rope, and string) combined with natural materials such as branches or tree trunks, Drew subjects these elements to processes of oxidation, burning, and weathering. These labor-intense manipulations mimic natural processes and transforms these objects into sculptures that address both formal and social concerns, as well as the cyclical nature of existence.

Pictured

Leonardo Drew, Number 134D, 2012. Wood, paint chips, acrylic and graphite on paper in Plexiglas box. 37 3/4 in. x 37 3/4 in. x 21 1/2 in. Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer.

Past Exhibitions

2019
UMass Amherst

151 Presidents Drive • Amherst, MA 01003

September 19 - December 8, 2019

2021
Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University

1133 E 7th St • Bloomington, IN 47405

August 24 - May 9, 2021

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