March 11 – April 22, 2017
Don Soker Contemporary Art, 2180 Bryant Street St 205, San Francisco, CA 94110
Early iterations of the work in this exhibition began during a six-week residency at the Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, India in 2012. My experience there was simultaneously inspiring and paralyzing, and intensified a long-standing wish to develop something approximating immediacy in my drawing practice.
Drawing has the potential to conflate seeing and making into a fluid whole, and to broadcast the energy of the moment of its making. As notations of my more fully formed ideas in other media, this work utilizes the circle to visualize the contradictory pulse of broken systems and conditions alongside the insistent and pervasive beauty that I witnessed during my stay in northern India.
A circle is a simple shape of geometry, every point on which is the same given distance called the radius (r) from the center point. Circles are my primary marks in these drawings, and are made through cutting, embossing, inscribing and masking. My circles consider the sphere (our planet), the hole (we are all connected), the continuous line (time), a wheel (movement), and the notion of center (consciousness).
To approximate means to come close to or be similar to something in quality, nature, or quantity. While approximating the circle I am also approximating my experience in India, my understanding and integration of which continues to unfold.
My materials include soil, cotton, mica, string, gouache, graphite, and cyanotype.
All works are on 300 lb. cold pressed Saunders Waterford watercolor paper.