Exhibition at the Senior and Shopmaker Gallery
explores the essence of drawing.
The Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, situated near Madison
square Garden, presents the exhibition, "Drawings and Watercolors."
This exhibition will close on April 4th and presents artwork from
very different artists, but exclusively drawings.
The gallery is on the second floor of a building on
26th street, just in front of Madison Square Park, which is actually
not known to be an Art Gallery area
and Shopmaker Gallery. Photo By Suzanne Trouvé Feff.
When you will open the door, a big adorable dog will
give you a hearty welcome.
Square Park near the Senior and Shopmaker Gallery. Photo bySuzanne
The place opened in 2000 is superb. This is quite
a big gallery with different spaces; the place is luminous and peaceful.
There is a nice atmosphere here! There is a table in the middle
with some art books where you can have a sit, and you almost feel
at home. If you wonder why the curator chose this neighbor for his
gallery, you will understand when you will see the place and its
beautiful view on the park and New York. The gallery is very pleasant.
Larry Shopmaker, Betsy Senior and the people that work there seem
to work with passion and happiness.
The theme of the exhibition is interesting. What does
the term drawings mean exactly? Why is it different from painting?
To draw is, in fact, to use a drawing instrument to make marks on
a surface, creating an image that may be representative or not;
a form, or a shape. The act of drawing is different from painting
by the fact that drawing is usually the first step of a painting;
it is exploratory art for an artist. Moreover, drawing use usually
done with pure colors, on the other hand, a painter prefers to mix
colors in order to find a new one.
1992 graph paper collage, coffee stains on paper, 11 x 8 inches
The drawings in this exhibit were diverse but most
were abstract. Gabriel Orozco offered a collage of paper surrounding
a coffee cup mark.
|Georgia Mash's Girl Groups #13 2007
Watercolor and pastel on paper 22 x 30 inches.
Georgia Marsh's memorable drawing "Gils Groups,"
is a precise drawing of flowers; the colors and the lightness of
the brush trail are impressive and the disposition of the flowers
is harmonious and moving. This American artist has exhibited other
drawings like this in shows in France, Italy, and the United States.
gouache, collage on paper
39 1/2 x 49 inches. In this painting presented you have an interesting
mix of realistic and abstract work; she creates an illusion
between dream and reality and the colors created form a harmonious
and moving whole.
Some other pieces were interesting, notably the work
of Elizabeth Murray. This New York artist is one of the four women
who had a retrospective at the MoMa in New York City in 2006, for
her 40-year career. She is usually known for her compositions with
abstract, colorful shapes and representative objects.
|Mark Tobey Untitled
1971 tempera on paper. 23 5/8 x 18 7/8 inches.
There was also a piece by Mark Tobey, the American
abstract expressionist painter from Seattle, who is well knowns
for his style of "white writing," where calligraphy of
different colors and styles are superimposed in order to create
a magnificent result.