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  Colored Pencil
February 20 - March 17, 2019
 
 
In works both representational and abstract, the exhibition explores the remarkable range of mark-making that can be achieved with colored pencil, from razor fine to dense and waxy, and everything in between. Colored pencil provides a vast chromatic range and greatly varying levels of translucency, from almost imperceptible to opaque. As a tool it is portable, inexpensive, and ubiquitous. The exhibition features work in colored pencil by the following artists: Julie Allen, Steve DiBenedetto, Clint Fulkerson, Angela Heisch, Warren Isensee, Phil Knoll, David X. Levine, Cotter Luppi, David Morrison, Rob de Oude, Gary Petersen, Noah Post, Julia Randall, Jessica Rosner, Leslie Roberts, Katia Santibañez, Audrey Stone, Lindsay Walt, Laura Watt, and Geoffrey Young.
 
Extraordinary exactitude is found in a highly detailed wasp’s nest by David Morrison, and in the empathetic, pellucid-eyed animal portraits by Philip Knoll, in which seemingly every strand of fur is depicted. Julia Randall’s remarkable translucent and fragile bubble of gum appears just beginning to deflate but is pinned at the wad like an animal trophy. Julie Allen creates spare but tenderly drawn domestic arrangements on vellum. Cotter Luppi exploits opaque and vibrant color in his ecstatic and psychedelic cathedral interior, while the sinuous lines of an octopus occupy a prismatic and radiating environment in Steve DiBenedetto’s colorful work. In David X. Levine’s impossible game board, colored pencil is applied with great density, resulting in a rich matte surface, while Angela Heisch’s delicate application of subtle and precise shading gives volume and depth to her playful, quasi-abstract imagery. Colored pencil allows for varying opacities in Leslie Roberts' diagrammatic transformations of phrases into abstract charts of letter repetitions. Lindsay Walt’s monochromatic drawings of schematized New York bridges pay homage to jazz musician Sonny Rollins’ daily practice at the Williamsburg Bridge. Ribbon-like swaths of colored pencil reveal embossed geodesic patterns in Clint Fulkerson’s work, while in Jessica Rosner’s chiral pinwheel composition, ruled drawing subtly contrasts with freehand duplication. Varying vertical bands of bright color frame and radiate around an undulant central form in Audrey Stone’s work, while in Noah Post’s abstractions, brightly-hued vibrant lines loop and travel across the page creating irregular shapes against a ground of soft translucent tonalities. Concentric spirals of varying ovoid forms pulse outward against a shimmering ground of soft greens in Katia Santibañez’ drawing. Rob de Oude creates optically charged patterned fields by overlapping taut, finely-ruled lines in repeating color combinations. Warren Isensee draws radiant and symmetrical curvilinear abstractions which feel monumental despite their small scale, while Gary Petersen creates lively and rhythmic compositions with irregular geometries and linear elements in bold, rich hues. Laura Watt’s overlapping webs of colorful triangular shapes spiral and torque in densely patterned compositions. Geoffrey Young’s playful and colorfully patterned abstractions bring to mind Islamic tile work, textile design, and kaleidoscopic visions.
 
 
Julie Allen
Stainless, 2019
Colored pencil on vellum
9 x 12 inches

Julie Allen
NuvaRing, 2019
Colored pencil on vellum
9 x 12 inches

Julie Allen
Untitled, 2019
Colored pencil on vellum
9 x 12 inches
 
Steve DiBenedetto
Untitled, 2006-8
Colored pencil on paper
30 3/8 x 22 3/8 inches

Clint Fulkerson
Red Band, 2018
Embossing with colored pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches

Clint Fulkerson
Black Band, 2019
Embossing with colored pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches
 
Angela Heisch
Tadpole Drawing II, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
12 x 9 inches

Angela Heisch
Gummy Drawing, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
12 x 9 inches

Warren Isensee
Untitled, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
4 x 4 inches image size
 
Warren Isensee
Untitled, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
4 x 4 inches image size

Phil Knoll
Billy, 2019
Colored pencil on paper mounted on panel
24 x 24 inches

Phil Knoll
Puppy, 2016
Colored pencil and watercolor on paper
40 x 40 inches
 
David X. Levine
X, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
21 x 25 inches

Cotter Luppi
Cathedral 2019, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
38 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches

David Morrison
Paper Wasp Series No. 2, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
20 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
 
Rob de Oude
System Glitch-C01, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
17 x 14 inches

Rob de Oude
System Glitch-C04, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
17 x 14 inches

Gary Petersen
Turning Upwards #1, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
11 x 7 1/2 inches
 
Gary Petersen
Turning Upwards #4, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
11 x 7 1/2 inches

Gary Petersen
Turning Upwards #2, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
11 x 7 1/2 inches

Gary Petersen
Turning Upwards #3, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
11 x 7 1/2 inches
 
Noah Post
Search Party, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
17 x 14 inches

Noah Post
Evening Pose, 2019
Colored pencil on paper
17 x 14 inches

Julia Randall
Pinned Apricot, 2013
Colored pencil on paper
24 x 18 inches
 
Jessica Rosner
Ruled Unruled with Red Pencil (Pinwheel), 2017
Colored pencil and pencil on paper
5 x 8 inches

Leslie Roberts
INSTRUCTIONS: PUSH, PULL, CLOSE, SQUEEZE, 2016
Acrylic gouache, colored pencil, graphite,
and ink on gessoed panel
16 x 12 inches

Leslie Roberts
ROMAN STREETS, 2019
Colored pencil, graphite,
and ink on gessoed panel
10 x 8 inches
 
Katia Santibañez
A Green Touch, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
14 x 11 inches

Audrey Stone
Study for Dark Flow, 2019
Colored pencil on yupo
12 x 9 inches

Lindsay Walt
Under the Bridge (Verrazano Narrows Bridge), 2019
Colored pencil on paper
10 x 8 3/16 inches
 
Lindsay Walt
Under the Bridge (Brooklyn Bridge), 2019
Colored pencil on paper
11 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

Laura Watt
Untitled (CP1), 2018
Colored pencil on paper
12 x 12 inches

Laura Watt
Untitled (CP3), 2018
Colored pencil on paper
12 x 12 inches
 
Laura Watt
Untitled (CP2), 2018
Colored pencil on paper
12 x 12 inches

Geoffrey Young
Bob Turns 75!, 2016
Colored pencil on paper
10 x 8 inches

Geoffrey Young
You Tell Me, 2018
Colored pencil on paper
9 x 9 inches
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