Installation view of 4 drawings by Charles Ray 2001-2007, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery 

Installation view of Drawn Together, 2008

Installation view of Drawn Together, 2008

Installation view of Drawn Together, 2008

Installation view of Drawn Together, 2008

Installation view of Drawn Together, 2008

Installation view of Drawn Together, 2008

Drawn Together

April 1 - June 30, 2008
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Drawn Together features the following eight artists that explore the possibilities of drawing:

Mark Bradford
Dan Fischer
Ewan Gibbs
Jim Hodges
Ellsworth Kelly
Brice Marden
Richard Phillips
Charles Ray

Dan Fischer aptly captures the relevance and the nature of the process in his reflection on the medium: “Throughout my life I have always thought of myself as a “drawer”. I feel a true intimacy with the subjects of my drawings because of the rigorous, technical process involved. Through this method of working, the obsessive rendering and care of the paper’s surface, I find that the sensitive touch of pencil to page helps further express the passionate connection I feel towards the imagery chosen. Intimacy is a most vital concept.”

Though the works represent a range of technique as well as subject matter, many have unique points of intersection. The 1948 self-portrait by Ellsworth Kelly can be viewed by itself or in the relation to the series of detailed artist-portraits by Dan Fischer. The Jim Hodges sculptural approach to creating flowers seems to magically absorb parts of both the abstract color-block collage by Ellsworth Kelly and the sweet but masterfully drawn flower Kelly only recently completed. These associations and others in the show unfold and ultimately highlight the undoubted presence and depth of a work on paper.