Oliver Scholars visits the Leonardo Drew exhibit at Sikkema Jenkins – one student’s reflections
THIS FALL, SIKKEMA JENKINS GALLERY IN CHELSEA HOSTED A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM THE OLIVER SCHOLARS PROGRAM TO MEET THE ARTIST, LEONARDO DREW WHO SPOKE ABOUT HIS SOLO EXHIBITION. SO MANY THANKS TO MEG MALLOY, PARTNER AND GALLERY FOUNDERS BRENT SIKKEMA AND MICHAEL JENKINS FOR THEIR WELCOMING INVITATION AND AN ENORMOUS APPLAUSE OF APPRECIATION TO LEONARDO DREW FOR SHARING HIS EXHIBIT AND INSPIRING PERSONAL HISTORY AS AN ARTIST WITH THIS SPECIAL GROUP OF STUDENTS.
Leonardo Drew is known for his abstract sculptural installations, which incorporate materials such as paper, rope, wood, paint chips, tree branches and roots, and sheet metal. In Drew’s hands, these raw materials are exhaustingly transformed to resemble debris. While artistically rooted in art movements of the 1950s and 60s including abstract expressionism, minimalism, and Arte Povera, Drew – influenced by non-Western philosophical traditions – views his work as a reflection of the cyclical nature of time, the continual processes of transformation, and the connectivity of all things. This is perhaps most evident in the artist’s practice of incorporating parts of earlier works into newer pieces, including several of the works on view in the current exhibition.
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JEANETTE CREWS, A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AND OUTSTANDING OLIVER SCHOLAR, HAS CONTRIBUTED A WONDERFUL REFLECTION ON THIS EXPERIENCE IN TODAY’S LRFA BLOG. THANK YOU, JEANETTE!
My name is Jeanette Crews. I’m a H.S. Senior and Oliver Scholar. On Tuesday October 4th I had an opportunity to visit the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery in Chelsea. Along with a group of other Oliver Scholars we were there to see an exhibit of the works of Artist Leonardo Drew.
I have a great passion for Art and hope to include Art and Education in my future endeavors. I have been to many of New York’s great art museums but this was my first official visit to an art gallery. I attended with my Dad and we arrived quite early. Upon walking in the door, we actually met Mr. Drew and had a brief conversation with him.
As I entered the main gallery space, my impression of Mr. Drew’s work was that it was a big sweeping piece that ran from the far right corner of the room and stretched all the way around to the front right side wall. Additional art works were on the left and back walls. First I thought it was one continuous art piece but it was also dozens of individual pieces arranged on the wall to look like a connected piece.
Mr. Drew gave a presentation and spoke candidly about his background, both setbacks and successes. Also, he lets people interpret or appreciate the art however they wish, as long as they derive some sort of feeling. There was no right or wrong way to look at or understand his art; it was what you got (or didn’t get) from it, from your perspective. And none of that mattered because Mr. Drew is a person that doesn’t create art for others (opinions) but for self-expression; at least that’s my opinion. Mr. Drew also mentioned that he started out drawing cartoons and developed as a fine arts artist but moved on to more abstract forms using natural materials reclaimed or repurposed from nature and from discarded man made items. I was impressed by his commercial and cultural successes; he’s got his art works in renowned museums, galleries and shows. I was also impressed to know that he still has a thirst for learning new techniques; he was going to be traveling to China to learn special traditional style glazing (pottery/sculpture) techniques.
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Collaboratively explore career, college, volunteer & leadership opportunities with your mentee
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You will serve as a positive role model
You will support Scholars in their transition from public school to private school
You will be instrumental in helping a high school freshmen establish important life skills and build self-esteem
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