October 14, 2017—Talley Dunn Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculpture and large-scale installation by Brooklyn-based artist Leonardo Drew. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Friday, October 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will be on view in the Main Gallery through December 16, 2017.
For this exhibition, Drew has created his signature landscape of monumental twisted forms and blocks of wood projecting dramatically from the gallery walls. Built in his Brooklyn studio, these twelve wall-mounted sculptures evoke the sense of an abstracted landscape for which Drew has been internationally recognized. Ranging from heroic, monumental constructions with massive tree segments projecting from the wall’s surface to intricate grids consisting of thousands of pieces of cut wood. Drew reminds the viewer of time’s passing and the natural processes of decay and regeneration.
By manipulating the wood and other objects to weather and age them, Drew’s awe-inspiring sculptures reveal the artist’s intense attention to shaping, cutting, building, and working his pieces through his own material language. These densely stacked and layered sculptures activate the spaces in which they occupy with a dynamic presence whereby complexity and simplicity coexist. From tree roots and branches to piles of meticulously placed blocks of wood, Drew impresses the viewer with the sheer weight and presence of his unique vision. This pairing of natural and man-made lines produces a sense of tension and incredible energy within the sculptures, suggesting forces just contained or on the edge of breaking through. The physical spaces depicted within the work at times read as abstracted landscapes or rugged skylines, depending on the viewer’s perspective.