|NEW YORK, NY Coleman Burke Gallery is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of recent drawings, collages, and works on paper by artist Andrea Sulzer. The show will take place at 638 West 28th Street from April 22 through May 29, 2010.
The show will also include a limited edition, 52-page publication, Paper Weight, featuring six poems by Caroline Sulzer and fifteen images by Andrea Sulzer.
The quiet intensity of Andrea Sulzers drawings and other works on papercomprised of imagery drawn from nature, memory, autobiography, and popular culturemake them among the most innovative, thought-provoking, and hypnotically beautiful drawings being made today. Combining a highly intuitive, improvisational approach with a meditative and intricate technique, Andrea Sulzers art centers on the act of drawing and a sustained investigation into its myriad possibilities and potentials.
Just as the practice of drawing itself can include everything from quick sketches to highly finished renderings (and much more besides), Sulzers work likewise embraces drawing in all of its forms and seemingly all of its states, from the tentative conjecture of the artists first mark on paper to a carefully planned and fully realized work of art.
For Sulzer, drawing is both subject and object, but also a process that serves as a metaphor for thought, intuition, memory, perception, and the complexity of consciousness itself; especially the fragmented and often chaotic consciousness of modern life. Like the narrator in Jorge Luis Borges short story, The Alephwho is shown a vision of all space and time, seen in a single place and at a single momentthe seeming ambition in each of Sulzers drawingseven the most deceptively simple onesis to embrace every corner of the universe, all at once.
As it was for Borges narrator, the effect of this vision is spell-binding, drawing us as viewers into a vertiginous world of forms that seem to be dissolving and reorganizing themselves before our eyes. Instrumental to this ambition, moreover, is an idea that lies at the heart of all great drawing, summarized by Picassos famous remark, drawing is the art of omissiona notion that Sulzers work employs to great advantage.
The untouched areas of paper in Andrea Sulzers work are neither empty nor unfinishedalthough they may beg that questionbut allude to those persistent unknowns that are a hidden but equally tangible aspect of the known world. Even as science, philosophy and art continually push back the boundaries between what is known and what is not, the sheer presence of this unknowable universewithin us as much as withoutis what fully characterizes the human condition and which Andrea Sulzers art both investigates and reveals with uncanny insight and vivid clarity.
Central to Sulzers encyclopedic approach is the use of printmaking as a drawing technique. Working without a press or any of the typical accoutrements of printmakingincluding the production of multiplesshe nevertheless employs inks applied with rollers and other methods of printing an image onto a surface as a metaphor for the imperfect transmission of both thought and language. Examining her work, its not always clear how the marks and colors came to be, whether directly from her hand or offset from another surface, adding to her works labyrinthian echoes.
Sulzers painstaking yet fluid renditions of seemingly familiar and knowable objectsa sea shell or a piece of candy, for instancesignal a conundrum about the limits of naming and knowing. Likewise, her smaller drawings and collages employ images so fragmentaryseemingly knowable one moment but elusive the nextthat the ultimate subject of the drawing, like all of her work, becomes our own sense of abiding curiosity and beguiled wonderment.
About the Artist
Andrea Sulzer, after attending Smith College to study Fine Arts, received a BA in French from NYU and Masters degrees from Columbia (in Education), and the University of Maine (in Forest Biology). She received her MFA degree from Glasgow School of Art in 2004. Sulzer has worked as an instructor of English as a second language, a field ecologist, lab instructor in plant physiology, scientific illustrator and an instructor in Studio Art and Drawing.
Her work has been exhibited internationally at galleries as varied as The Drawing Center, Plane Space Gallery, and Nancy Margolis Gallery, each in New York City, the Atrium Gallery in London, Sowaka Gallery in Kyoto, Japan, and Tramway in Glasgow, Scotland. Additionally, Sulzers work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at ICON Contemporary Art in Brunswick, Maine, Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine.
Sulzer has been the recipient of individual artists fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2007), the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (2006), and the Maine Arts Commission (2005). She has been a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Ucross Foundation, and the Vermont Studio School, and her work can be found in the collections of the Bowdoin Museum of Art, The Bates College Museum of Art, and numerous private collections.
About the Gallery
Founded in 2009, Coleman Burke Gallery New York is a contemporary gallery featuring both emerging and established artists working in a variety of mediums and approaches. Coleman Burke Gallery New York is affiliated with Coleman Burke Gallery Brunswick, a site-specific project space in the Fort Andross mill in Brunswick, Maine, and Coleman Burke Gallery Portland, a storefront window installation space at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine.
For more information contact:
COLEMAN BURKE GALLERY
638 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001