at Barry Whistler Gallery through November 26
by Todd Camplin

Barry Whistler Gallery’s presentation of artist Andrea Rosenberg is not your typical abstract art show,
but nothing is ordinary about Rosenberg’s approach to flowers and the abstract.  Informal drawings
with painterly qualities, these art works on paper are full of life and action. Her title “Andrea Rosenberg
Drawings” inspires an interesting debate about the term “drawing”.
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I sometimes wonder what makes a painting a painting and a drawing a drawing, especially
when a term like drawing has had an expansive definition as of late. Some might try to label
this work mixed media, but I think the trend is to move away from this term because mixed
media could be describing  two or three dimensional work. Rosenberg is clearly making
drawings rather than some hybrid form because she is following some key ideas that
fundamentally pursue the drawing traditions. Drawings  have a long history of acting
as the creative foundation to other works.  
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Untitled no. 67, 2011
crayon, oil stick, inks, graphite and gesso on paper
30 x 22 1/4"
Andrea Rosenberg: Drawings  at Barry Whistler Gallery, 2011 image © Allison V. Smith

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These art works feel as if they  are “becoming”. They feel like sketches or drafts to a possible
painting, but then this is why these works  are drawings. The feeling of “becoming” is
extremely important, because this gives the drawing life  and an unfinished look.
Material is another key element to drawing. Rosenberg uses gesso and ink washes
Andrea Rosenberg: Drawings  at Barry Whistler Gallery, 2011 image © Allison V. Smith
Rosenberg’s drawings seem to be breathing and living in the frame.  I love the scale of
some of these drawings as well. The large pieces seem like delicate monuments.  
Rosenbeg tests the limits of paper through her wet media and mark making. I can
image a few works have torn on her during the process.  Although I see a lot of floral
elements in this body of work, she leaves us guessing with titles like Untitled no. 67 or
Untitled no. 63. You can only guess in what sequence she made the work. I would
think that Cy Twombly is a huge influence on her, because these drawings talk the
same language and move  with similar shapes and gestures. Barry Whistler Gallery
will be showing Andrea Rosenberg’s drawings through November 26th.
Andrea Rosenberg: Drawings  at Barry Whistler Gallery, 2011 image © Allison V. Smith