Installing at Cynthia Reeves Gallery

We've been working hard at Cynthia Reeves Gallery to put together my first show with the gallery, Regeneration.  Opening tomorrow!

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States of Matter in Dallas

States of Matter, my 4th solo show with Galleri Urbane in Dallas is open until the end of December, and features new work and new series.  Here are a few overall shots of the show.

States of Matter includes a 16 foot long shelf with Reading Our Remains book sculptures, and wall pieces (left to right) Circulation formed from strips of books and wax, Colony, made of pencils, and Cirripedia, an installation of book pages and plaster.

States of Matter includes a 16 foot long shelf with Reading Our Remains book sculptures, and wall pieces (left to right) Circulation formed from strips of books and wax, Colony, made of pencils, and Cirripedia, an installation of book pages and plaster.

A new piece from the Wave series and the latest marble sculptures from the Immutable Ice series.

A new piece from the Wave series and the latest marble sculptures from the Immutable Ice series.

Reading Our Remains pieces made of altered books

Reading Our Remains pieces made of altered books

side view of Colony (pencils) with Cirripedia (encyclopedia pages and plaster)

side view of Colony (pencils) with Cirripedia (encyclopedia pages and plaster)

Immutable Ice (marble) pieces

Immutable Ice (marble) pieces

Interview in Drain Magazine

Drain magazine's latest edition includes an interview conducted by art historian Dr. Astarte Rowe, who also curated an exhibit I participated in last year in Toronto.  

http://drainmag.com/biomorphic-aesthetics-and-the-crystallization-of-process-over-eidos-an-interview-with-jessica-drenk/

Dr. Rowe asked some good questions about my work and process, though I must admit I needed to re-read several of them before answering due to my inferior vocabulary... "chthonic" anyone?  

I like that she compares my pencil Implements sculpture to a microscopic amoeba, Mediolus corona... 

 

Carving Marble in Colorado

I recently returned from a marble carving symposium in the mountains of Colorado-- a town named Marble, Colorado in fact!  It is so wonderful to be able to create sculpture in such an inspirationally beautiful landscape, and gratifying to be able to turn a piece of stone into something resembling a sculpture in just one week.  Here are some photos of the pieces in progress, soon they will be shipped to my studio for finishing and then to Galleri Urbane in Dallas for my solo show in October.  

This stone was about 3 feet long and 300 lbs to begin with.

This stone was about 3 feet long and 300 lbs to begin with.

Initially stone is removed in large chunks by cutting through the marble with a diamond wheel on a grinder.

Initially stone is removed in large chunks by cutting through the marble with a diamond wheel on a grinder.

At work and enjoying it!

At work and enjoying it!

Slowly the shape emerges.  

Slowly the shape emerges.  

My other piece, this one about 18" tall.  

My other piece, this one about 18" tall.  

These pieces, once finished, will be a part of the Immutable Ice series: pieces inspired by melting glacial ice forms, now made permanent in stone.  

Recently Collected

I've recently received photos of two pieces that have found homes in Europe, and I love seeing how the work has been displayed.  

Wave is looking striking against a concrete wall in Switzerland:

And a carved book has been beautifully displayed by a collector in Belgium:

Thanks to both collectors for allowing me to share these photos!

The Macallan Commission

In 2016 I created a commissioned piece for The Macallan scotch distillery in Scotland.  They sent me one of their oak casks, and I turned it into this outdoor sculpture for the distillery grounds.  The beautiful thing about the cask staves was their coloration: beautiful oak wood, charred to black on the inside (the charring imparts extra flavor to the scotch as it ages).  I tried to highlight the beauty and history of the wood, featuring the idea of the inside and outside of the barrel.  The piece is 7 feet tall.

Exhibition: Matters at Hand

Matters at Hand, a show at Heather Gaudio Fine Art in New Canaan, Connecticut opened last week, and I'm very proud to be a part of it.  Each of the artists involved created works of great detail, beauty, and sensitivity to materials-- my work felt right at home. 

The gallery is a lovely space for this group of work.  Here, left to right are: Jessica Drenk book sculptures Bibliophylum and Spine, Peagan Brooke's paintings, hanging sculptures made of pins by Beth Dary, and Jessica Drenk PVC pipe piece, Erosions.

The gallery is a lovely space for this group of work.  Here, left to right are: Jessica Drenk book sculptures Bibliophylum and Spine, Peagan Brooke's paintings, hanging sculptures made of pins by Beth Dary, and Jessica Drenk PVC pipe piece, Erosions.

Left to right: Jessica Drenk's PVC pipe sculpture, a beautiful hand coiled porcelain ceramic sculpture by Cheryl Ann Thomas, Beth Dary's hanging pieces, and a large piece by printmaker Sarah Amos.

Left to right: Jessica Drenk's PVC pipe sculpture, a beautiful hand coiled porcelain ceramic sculpture by Cheryl Ann Thomas, Beth Dary's hanging pieces, and a large piece by printmaker Sarah Amos.

Jessica Drenk: Wave 7, with Cheryl Ann Thomas: Pure

Jessica Drenk: Wave 7, with Cheryl Ann Thomas: Pure

Review of Inherent Intent

The Denver show, Inherent Intent at Walker Fine Art, has received a positive review!  

Read the review, by Michael Paglia of Westword here

Looking Ahead: Miami in December

This fall I will be working hard to prepare work for Adah Rose Gallery's booth at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami Beach.  The fair has just announced their chosen exhibitors and we are excited to be showing alongside an amazing selection of galleries and artists- check out the full list here.

This will be a solo booth for me, and I am incredibly honored by the opportunity Adah Rose is giving me.  We have been showing together for 5 years and this is the 5th year in a row she has presented my work in Miami!

Opening night in Denver

It's a little meta, but I liked this moment of my latest art opening.   

I was at Walker Fine Art in Denver last week installing this new piece from my Cerebral Mapping series.  It is tall-- 11 feet tall-- and the first piece from the series with a vertical orientation.  It looks great in the beautiful gallery.

Opening night of Inherent Intent at Walker Fine Art in Denver, September 2016. Artwork: Cerebral Mapping, by Jessica Drenk, made of books and wax.

Opening night of Inherent Intent at Walker Fine Art in Denver, September 2016.
Artwork: Cerebral Mapping, by Jessica Drenk, made of books and wax.

detail of Cerebral Mapping: books and wax.  Artist: Jessica Drenk, 2016

detail of Cerebral Mapping: books and wax.  Artist: Jessica Drenk, 2016

Cerebral Mapping: books and wax.  Artist: Jessica Drenk, 2016  Gallery: Walker Fine Art in Denver

Cerebral Mapping: books and wax.  Artist: Jessica Drenk, 2016  Gallery: Walker Fine Art in Denver

Exhibition: St. Petersburg, FL

August 26th-October 22nd, 2016
Florida CraftArts Gallery

Opening Reception, Friday, Aug 26th
5:30-8:30

Curated by Jorge Vidal

Since our beginnings, wood and fiber have fueled our development by fillingbasic needs. With these needs met, artists look for new ways to manipulate materials. There is artistry in problem solving!

In “Mind Over Matter”, these materials and methods are advanced in unexpected ways by artists Dona Anderson, Emily Barletta, Erik and Martin Demaine, Jessica Drenk, Lisa Kokin, Christopher Kurtz, Polly Adams Sutton.