September 21, 2007

The Drawing Center's Fall Selections

"Non-Declarative Art: Selections Fall 2007," The Drawing Center, New York, NY. Through Oct. 18. Artists include Susan Goethel Campbell, Gianna Commito, Michael Diaz, Jeff Feld, Sabine Finkenauer, Prajakti Jayavant, Steven Lowery, Howard Rosenthal, Jay Sheldon, Jered Sprecher, John Tallman, Sally Tittmann, and Gregor Wright. "Non-Declarative Art" explores ambiguity and the rejection of overt meaning in the work of thirteen emerging artists selected from the Viewing Program. The exhibition presents drawing-based work that ranges from pointed to trivial in subject matter, from perfection in craft to studied clumsiness. Jenny Ratledge interviews Jered Sprecher, a professor at the University of Tennessee, in the campus daily paper. "'There are so many times we see the obvious and miss out on the background objects, and that is what my art focuses on,' Sprecher said. 'I want people to feel like these pieces are things you could find on the street and want to pick up because there is something special about it,' Sprecher said. To accomplish the lost-and-found motif, Sprecher used old stationary, poster board and graph paper as his media. The majority of the drawings in the exhibit were completed in his studio at UT." Read more. Sprecher's paintings can be seen at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York and Wendy Cooper Gallery in Chicago.

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