"As the Crow Flies", December 7 - January 19, 2016. Include works by Hercules Artists: Sophie Grant, Ofra Lapid, Christopher Lin, Ilaria Ortensi, Jackson Polys, August Vollbrecht, Jenna Westra, and guest artists.
As the Crow Flies
How does a crow fly? The ones that I observe describe all kinds of arcs and swoops. Those that fly high might, as the saying goes, travel in a straight line, the shortest distance between two points. One could say: drawing is the straightest, shortest line between an artist’s thought and his or her work.
When I asked the seven artists working in the Hercules Art|Studio Program to participate in a group drawings show, I invited them to define drawing as broadly and as personally as possible. I hoped that the excursion would prove useful to their concerns as artists. In fact, some made or chose work that digresses from how they normally see themselves, or challenges what they would even call “work”. Others chose pieces that, while central to their artistic practice, are on the way to something else. In the end, the work all contains an intimation of who these artists are or might be. Maybe that’s the arc of drawing.
The Hercules Art|Studio Program - its studios, project space and galleries - is a place to test statements, store and restore ideas, and (in the words of the late great sculptor Anthony Caro) participate in “the onward of art”. I am truly grateful to August Vollbrecht, Christopher Lin, Ilaria Ortensi, Jackson Polys, Jenna Westra, Ofra Lapid, and Sophie Grant for showing the courage to draw on all of this and for having participated so generously in this exhibition.
Founder, Hercules Art/Studio Program