The Patricia & Phillip Frost Artwork Museum FIU will existing “Leonardo Drew: Cycles, from the Assortment of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Spouse and children Basis,” from Sept. 1 right until Nov. 17, 2021. Drew transforms cotton paper pulp and pigment into powerfully big nonetheless fragile prints that exam the versatility of the medium. Some resemble maps of geographical landscapes like populated metropolitan areas, forests, and urban wastelands seen from earlier mentioned, although other people are reminiscent of the night time sky and distant galaxies. Evocative of hearth, soil, sky, and drinking water, there are potent perceptions in both microcosmic and macrocosmic scale.
Natural and organic kinds in just the composition undulate with many textures and luminosities, pushing the boundaries of its materiality. A great deal like his sculptural installations in wood, Drew commences with a uncooked material, transforming and reconstructing its essence till it resembles particles. Via this procedure, the artist articulates various histories of chaos, and cycles of beginning and demise.
“Drew reimagines type. His get the job done inspires questions about diverse topographies and the negotiation of room in our day by day lives. This exhibition delivers a exceptional glimpse into the artist’s expansive approach to printmaking,” stated the museum’s main curator, Amy Galpin.
Also on see, the artist’s sculptures address social issues and the cyclical character of existence. Using a selection of off-the-shelf components like wooden, cardboard, paint, paper, plastic, rope and string put together with normal materials this kind of as branches or tree trunks, Drew transforms these objects with labor-intense manipulations that mimic natural processes of oxidation, burning, and weathering.
“Cycles feels in particular timely as we observe how people have now altered the atmosphere. Drew’s early decades of scavenging for discarded supplies to reuse and his emphasis in this body of perform on the strategy of cycles — from the cyclical character of lifestyle to the consequences of erosion — relate to this component of the world, where character and the weather are dominant forces in our daily life,” said museum director Jordana Pomeroy. “We are grateful to Jordan D. Schnitzer and his loved ones basis for producing Leonardo Drew’s system of work Cycles available to FIU and the Miami-Dade community.”
Drew’s performs are found in the esteemed collections of Crystal Bridges, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Backyard, the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork and in the Rubell Loved ones Selection in Miami.
“When you satisfy Leonardo Drew – you are remodeled by his energy, smile and passion – passion about daily life! His artwork takes wooden, cloth, shingles, you identify it – and transforms the content into the most awesome sculpture 1 can picture. His works on paper renovate into 3 dimensional experiences of art exploration. Thank you, Leonardo for letting all of us view your artwork and magical journey,” mentioned Jordan D. Schnitzer.