Last year while I was in Grad school here in NYC I got the chance to visit sculpture artist Leonardo Drew at his studio. This guy never stops working, and since visiting his studio I have felt inspired to reach new heights with my own work. Once I found out he had a solo exhibit opening, I made sure I was there.
Walking into Leonardo Drew’s show at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, I became immediately impressed and drawn in by the charcoal black abstract sculptures protruding from the walls. The way he utilizes discarded wood and materials is almost minimalist, yet the visual movement he achieves brings his work to life. I think Drew’s work attempts to express beauty within chaos. His work at first glance seems very abstract and loosely planned but looking closely you will find that his work is very organized and follows a certain set of rules made by the artist. Some of those rules are the use of black, wood, and also a type of grid system. At times his work resembles a city grid from above or even tablets with language; other works seem to tower over the audience like totem poles.
I became immediately impressed and drawn in by the charcoal black abstract sculptures protruding from the walls.
Some of the artworks were fragmented and left more open than the others that look like single art objects. I think that Drew wants the viewer to look more closely at the pieces that he combines to create these large sculptures. He wants us to find beauty in how unique each component and found piece of wood can be. You can find traces of color in his work too. Leonardo mentioned during my visit that he is inspired by modern artists like Mondrian. This definitely explains his use of the grid, but also the colors that appear; hints of blue, red and yellow.
Drew finds his materials scattered and discarded all around New York. There is a bit of adventure involved that keeps me excited about his work
What I love the most about this work is the level of curiosity required to make art objects like this. Drew finds his materials scattered and discarded all around New York. There is a bit of adventure involved that keeps me excited about his work, and believe it or not, his work gets even larger at times. This is an artist who I look forward to seeing more work from. I ran into him at the opening and he was delighted to take a photo.
What did you think of the show? Was it great, or maybe not your style? Let me know how you felt about the show in the comments and rank the exhibit with stars bellow.
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