Dialogues in Drawing
A dynamic and relational dialogue among 17 contemporary women artists who are engaged in processes of describing and re-describing the world through drawing. These artists represent diverse backgrounds, generations and each makes her art in a different way. What connects them is the centrality of drawing to their creative practices and as a means of exploring aesthetic, social, cultural and political concerns. In honor of Women's History Month curated by Natasha Becker, the exhibition features Damali Abrams, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Amy Cutler, Donna Dennis, Torkwase Dyson, Anna Gudmundsdottir, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Rosemary Mayer, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Ebony G. Patterson, Adrian Piper, Tracey Rose, Alison Saar, Simone Shubuck, Shinique Smith, Samantha Vernon, and Saya Woolfalk.
Reunited are three participants in the New York art scene in the 1970s: Adrian Piper, Donna Dennis, and Rosemary Mayer. Adrian Piper embodies creative multidisciplinary expressions of self, encouraged by cross-culturation and globalization. She was awarded the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist at the 56th Venice Biennale. In 2018 she will have a retrospective at MoMA. Donna Dennis uses concrete structures, drawing on language and architecture to symbolically explore themes of birth, death and rebirth. Rosemary Mayer, Tracey Rose, and Shinique Smith illuminate drawing as performance with line and gesture as an individual script running through everything they make. Smith is included in "Four Generations: The Joyner / Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art".
Amy Cutler employs the power of narrative, the media, popular culture, fairytales, and her own experiences to investigate women's work and the complex live of women in her enigmatic drawings. Saya Woolfalk and ruby onyinyechi amanze create aliens, hybrids, and ghosts defy traditional structures of space and narrative, existing instead in a magical world of alternative realties, memories, and make believe.
About Jenkins Johnson Gallery:
Since its opening in 1996, Jenkins Johnson Gallery has been dedicated to the progression of representation in contemporary art. This strong focus manifests itself through the continued representation of emerging, mid-career, and established artists who practice in a variety of mediums, including: painting, photography, sculpture, video, glass art, textiles, and digital painting.