The Schick Art Gallery presents Graphite Vision, a fifteen-artist group exhibition of extraordinary works made from the humble, ordinary material of graphite. Works on view range from eccentric, visionary drawings by outsider artists M’onma and Karel Havlíček to subtle still life vignettes by Catherine Murphy. Some drawings, like Pete Schulte’s geometric arrangements in grays and blacks, are grounded in abstraction; others address the human form, such as Robert Bauer’s delicate, pensive portraits. Renée French’s tiny drawings of peculiar zoomorphic beings offer whimsical counterpoint to Anne Lindberg’s austere drawings composed of layered lines.
Most Graphite Vision works are drawings on paper, but the exhibition also includes artist’s books by Seana Reilly, featuring fluid patterns traversing stark white pages, and Jessica Drenk’s sculptures, columnar agglomerations of thousands of bright yellow pencils.
The full roster of Graphite Vision artists is: Sandra Allen, Robert Bauer, Brett Bigbee, Matt Bollinger, Jessica Drenk, Renée French, Karel Havlícek, Dan Healey, Hipkiss, Anne Lindberg, M’onma, Catherine Murphy, Seana Reilly, Peter Schulte, Joseph Yoakum.
Image: Jessica Drenk and her new sculpture, Speleothem, made of pencils.