||May 6th - June 10th, 2011
Private View: Friday May 6th 6 - 8 pm
dm contemporary is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings entitled, It's a Fine Line- Obsession and Will. The exhibition focuses on the recent works of three artists, Paul Lorenz, Eung Ho Park, and Frances Richardson, whose drawings display characteristic intricate, and repetitive, yet distinct linear markings. Inspired by sources as different as architecture, nature, and biometrics, all three artists share an approach marked by persistence and intensity – akin to obsession – to express various ideas, concepts, emotions, and visions. The exhibition opens at dm contemporary, NYC, on Friday, May 6th, and continues through June 10th, 2011.
Paul Lorenz's most recent works are graphite on paper drawings, based upon drafting exercises from his years studying architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His drawings depict abstraction in its purest form – geometry – yet still contain elements of expressionism in the line work and the color washes.
Paul Lorenz was born in Chicago in 1961. He has lived and worked in Chicago, IL, and Berkeley, CA, and has recently moved to Paducah, Kentucky. With an education in Bauhaus architecture and fine art, Lorenz has carved an interesting niche in the international art world: bridging the principals and emotions of painting with the logic and detail of architecture. He has had numerous exhibits nationally – mainly in Chicago, San Francisco, and Sarasota – and in Europe, where he represented the United States at the Third International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy, and won a fifth place medal in 2001, and at the Paris Triennial in 2002. Lorenz is a member of the Association D'Art International and Pintura Fresca, both in France.
Eung Ho Park ponders the notion of origin and identity in a series of delicate, repetitive line drawings entitled, 'Root Series', having been inspired by a cluster of exposed roots. These drawings, in ballpoint on paper, originated as a result of an encounter with an uprooted tree in a Brooklyn park. As the exposed roots of the tree lay in front of him, bare and vulnerable, he reminisced about the ginseng roots of his native Korea, suddenly feeling his own vulnerability as a Korean uproot. The circular motif, radiating from the center, is dominant in his most recent root drawings, emphasizing continuity from generation to generation.
Eung Ho Park was born in South Korea and lives and works in New York City. His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, and it is in private as well as public collections, such as: The Queens Museum, Queens, NY; The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and P.S. 270, Queens, N.Y. Park's work was recently featured in a book called, "Public Art for Public Schools" by Michelle Cohen.
Frances Richardson has used the plus (+) and minus (-) signs, and pencil and paper – now her 'trademarks' – to form her drawings since 1997. Over the years, Richardson has used that same simple 'vocabulary', and the same reductive tools to construct meticulous drawings, that express ideas dealing with permanence and transience, time and perpetuity. In a 2007 review of Richardson's work in the LA Times, Leah Ollman wrote: "The proposition seems absurd, really: to be able to express an infinite array of information and emotion through the finite tools of binary code – switching between on/off, zero/one, plus/minus. And yet all communication in this digital era boils down to those fundamental building blocks". Enthusiastic about this exhibit and as a response to it, Richardson began a daily routine of making one drawing per night – up till opening night – playfully naming the series 'Lines for Doris'. The drawings included in this exhibit span a two week interval.
Frances Richardson, who lives and works in London, U.K., studied at the Royal College of Art and was presented with the Conran award for best graduate exhibition in 2006. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is in private as well as public collections, namely: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.; and The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas. Richardson's drawings are featured in "Vitamin D" – a major comprehensive international survey on drawing today.
In conjunction with this exhibit, and in keeping with its theme, a parallel, salon style group show will be on exhibit in the viewing room, featuring works by several artists most notably Karen Schiff, Michael Kukla, and Marlene Vine.
dm contemporary, NYC, is located at: 39 East 29th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in New York (212) 576-2032
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is requested for private view, which takes place on Friday, May 6th, 6 – 8 pm.
Gallery hours are: Wednesday – Friday 12 – 6 pm, and Saturday 12 – 4 pm.