Known for creating large scale sculptures and multi-media works on paper that explore his interest in the cyclical nature of creation, decay and regeneration, Leonardo Drew has created a unique style and technique that defies definition among his generation of artists working today. What might appear to be recycled or found objects are in fact fabricated materials. Drew employs a process that is physically and conceptually steeped in memory, history, and the passage of time.
Drew has exhibited work since the age of 13 when he used art as a way to transcend the degradation that surrounded him in the housing projects of Tallahassee, Florida. Later attending the Parsons School of Design and Cooper Union, Drew has gone onto exhibit his work in many important institutional exhibitions. A new DAM acquisition and one of Drew’s most ambitious recent works entitled, Number 162, will be on display in the DAM’s Material World exhibition. Drew’s innovative and expressionistic approach through material culture offers an interesting contrast alongside other important works in the DAM collection and also on exhibition in Material World by such artists as Shinique Smith, Kathryn Spence and Mona Hatoum.
All Logan Lectures begin at 7 pm in the Sharp Auditorium at the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building. Doors open at 6:15 pm.
Tickets are $8 students and DAM volunteers, $12 DAMC members and artists, $15 DAM members, $18 others. Tickets go on sale January 3.
Sponsored by Vicki and Kent Logan and DAM Contemporaries, a DAM support group.
Image credit: Leonardo Drew. American, born 1961, Tallahassee, Florida; lives in Brooklyn, New York. Number 162. 2012. Wood, metal, paint, gouache, thumbtacks, ink, graphite and paper. Museum purchase in honor of Cathey Finlon’s contributions to the Denver Art Museum. PTL-8395, © the artist, courtesy Sikkema Jenkins Co., New York