The FLAG Art Foundation presents Drawn Together, a group exhibition featuring eight artists who each explore the possibilities of drawing, on view April 1-June 30, 2008, on the 10th floor. Artists include: Mark Bradford, Dan Fischer, Ewan Gibbs, Jim Hodges, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Richard Phillips, and Charles Ray.
Dan Fischer aptly captures the relevance and the nature of drawing process: “Throughout my life,” the artist says, “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.”
FLAG’s selection of drawings represent a range of technique and subject matter, and many of the artworks have unique points of intersection. Ellsworth Kelly’s 1948 self-portrait can be viewed by itself or in the relation to the series of meticulously detailed graphite-on-paper artist-portraits by Fischer. Jim Hodges’s 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.