“Jessica Drenk: Second Nature”

Heather Gaudio Fine Art

From Nov 23 to Jan 11, 2020
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce "Jessica Drenk: Second Nature,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will open with a public reception for the artist on November 23rd, 4-6pm, and will run through January 11th.

For Drenk, the material is the starting point of her artistic inquiry, an exploration that takes her from simple notions and ideas to complex expressions of information, systems and patterns. She reconfigures every-day materials such as books, pencils, plastic bags, even PVC pipe, drawing on their physical properties to re-contextualize them into visually compelling and thought-provoking sculptural outcomes.

The exhibition will feature a new body of work emerging from mass-produced utilitarian and readily discarded objects: plastic bags. Spliced and organized by color, they are transformed into banded formations, layers resembling geological strata. Repurposing this product into a structure resembling its material origins, plastic as a by-product of petroleum, Drenk’s reconfiguration timely questions the reverberations of our every-day consumption and its long-lasting environmental impact. Another new group stems from her "Cerebral Mapping" series made of cut-up book pages saturated in wax. Here, the tangled patterns are tightly compressed and contained into hard-edged frames, presenting the works as textural paintings in their brown, whites and grey muted tones. By contrast, the waxed-book strips in "Circulation" become continuous ribbons taking on the shape of tree rings, another reference to the interrelation between source of material and the object.

The modulated pieces of pine in "Tesselation" emulating a digital matrix code or ancient human dwellings further the discourse between nature and the man-made, while the most mundane object, a pencil, becomes one of a multitude of meticulously arranged building blocks in the Implements series. These are carved and shaved into structures resembling rocks or minerals, or even pre-historic fossils. One such work, "Speleothem", is made up of thousands of pencils en masse forming a stalactite suspended from the ceiling over the stalagmite below. These sculptures paradoxically expose the exterior of the pencils in their interior chambers, while their outside surfaces reveal the graphite within the writing instruments. It is this duality, this questioning of our systems of function and information as we traditionally perceive them that Drenk subverts, re-defining our perceptions and pre-conceptions of what constitutes a man-made object versus a product of nature. Through her engaging works, Drenk manages to turn ordinary materials into a collection of extraordinary objects.

Drenk has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions since earning her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2007. Her work is in many private and corporate collections including Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA and Bank of America in Houston, TX. Drenk lives and works in New York.

Heather Gaudio Fine Art specializes in emerging and established artists, offering painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture. The gallery provides a full-range of art advisory services, from forming and maintaining a collection, to securing secondary market material, to assisting with framing and installation. The focus is on each individual client, selecting art that best serves his or her vision, space, and resources. The six exhibitions offered every year are designed to present important talent and provide artwork appealing to a broad range of interests. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10:30am to 5:30pm; and by appointment.

Contact Name: Rachael Palacios

Contact Email: Rachael@heathergaudiofineart.com

Contact Phone: (203)801-9590

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Heather Gaudio Fine Art
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

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Fri, 12/06/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Sat, 12/07/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Tue, 12/10/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Wed, 12/11/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Thu, 12/12/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Fri, 12/13/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Sat, 12/14/201910:30 am5:30 pm
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Thu, 12/19/201910:30 am5:30 pm
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Sat, 12/21/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Tue, 12/24/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Wed, 12/25/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Thu, 12/26/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Fri, 12/27/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Sat, 12/28/201910:30 am5:30 pm
Tue, 12/31/201910:30 am5:30 pm
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