|GALLERI URBANE // OCT14 // 6.30-8.30PM
Galleri Urbane in Dallas
2277 Monitor St
Dallas, Tx 75206
432 386 0590
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States of Matter
Artist Talk 6:00-6:30pm
Opening: October 14, 2017 6:30 - 8:30pm
|Galleri Urbane is proud to announce that Florida based artist, Jessica Drenk, will have her
fourth solo show, “States of Matter”, at GUMD opening October 14.
Focused on mankind’s evolving relationship to nature, Jessica Drenk’s newest bodies of work
complicate the definition of “manmade” and “natural” objects by combining both into pieces
that defy categorization.
To Drenk, the material is content. Reminiscent of Art Povera masters, she chooses everyday
materials for their inherent content. She is particularly enthralled by the ontology of books,
writing materials, and the connotations of knowledge and production present in the object.
Her process then continues
with the precision and methodic grace that governs the growth patterns of trees, the melting
of ice, and the formations left behind in sedimentary rocks after thousands of years. In her own
words, “on a long enough time scale, there is no difference between manmade and nature”.
The artist’s act of reshaping everyday objects - is disorientating and disrupts our tendency to
categorize manmade and natural objects separately.
In “States of Matter”, Drenk presents pieces from several bodies of work, including Reading
our Remains, Immutable Ice, and Circulation. Reading our Remains is an ongoing collection
of altered books, each piece inspired by nature and the ever-changing-natural world. The
collection began as an exploration in
obscuring text: creating pieces in which visual form became the subject to be read. This
process eventually evolved into a meditation upon erosion and decay and the preservation
of culture through time. Inspired by fossils, geological specimens, and organisms of all kinds,
these books have been re-formed into objects that seem better suited to a natural history
museum than a library. Viewing them has also become a new experience: we are reading
and studying ourselves, the specimens we are, and the specimens we might leave behind.
Immutable Ice began on a beach in Iceland littered with pieces of half-melted glacial ice.
Each day there, unique shapes are created as the ocean carves the ice, and each day
these beautiful natural sculptures melt out of existence.
Immutable Ice is her attempt to preserve the ephemeral beauty of these fleeting forms by
carving them in marble, lasting and immutable. With undertones of pressing global issues,
such as climate change, these pieces evoke a return to primitive impulses to carve stone
as well as a desire to preserve experiences that may be lost.
Circulation is a continuation of Drenk’s exploration of books as raw material. Coiled strips of
book pages shaped into a form resembling the rings of a tree hint at the innate material
connection between books, a physical symbol of accumulated knowledge, and the trees
used to make them —a reminder of the
circular life-cycle of materials and the fundamental connection between the natural and
man-made worlds. As an inquiry into materiality, the artist questions objects that surround
us as well as the composition of the objects in the natural world. Parts combine and create
a whole, the shape and intricacies of texture are found in the world at every scale imaginable
and readily exploited to create objects that are fluid States of Matter.
Jessica Drenk is an American artist raised in Montana, where she developed an appreciation
for the natural world that remains an important inspiration to her artwork today. Tactile
and textural, her sculptures highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple
materials. Drenk’s work is also influenced by systems of information and the impulse to
develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world. Drenk’s work can be found in
private collections throughout the world, and can be seen in galleries across the United
States. Her work is a part of several corporate collections, such as that of Fidelity
Investments and The Macallan distillery in Scotland, as well as university collections,
including that of the Yale University Art Gallery. Drenk has been the recipient of several
awards, including International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement
in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and her work has been pictured in Sculpture and Interior
Design magazines, as well as The Workshop Guide to Ceramics.
Drenk received an MFA in 3D Art from the University of Arizona in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree
from Pomona College in 2002. A working artist since 2007, Drenk’s home and studio are
currently in Florida.
|Modes of Moving Air
Solo Exhibition by Abby Sherrill
Artist Talk: 5;30 - 6:00pm
Opening: October 14, 2017 6:30-8:30pm
|Galleri Urbane is pleased to present, North Texas artist Abby Sherrill for her first solo exhibition
with GUM+D, Modes of Moving Air, continuing the examination of the banality of
everyday objects. This time she focuses on perception of reality through pattern, texture,
and humor using digital, physical, and textual materials as the medium.
Taking cues from philosophers Michel Foucault and MartinHeidegger, Sherrill analyzes the
philosophical and psychological spaces between words and images. Echoing Foucault’s
dissection of the relationship between image/object and text/meaning, Sherrill creates a
body of work that illustrates these relationships. She utilizes elements like patterned text
and scanned representations of objects that act as air, easily unnoticeable to the
With this work, Abby Sherrill gives new meaning to the mundane. She celebrates functional
objects by stripping them of their function in favor of decontextualization and decoration.
She visualizes the chaotic task of constantly defining and re-defining ones own reality by
layering patterns and displaying larger-than-life representations of objects, instead of the
actual objects themselves. Not unaware of the enormous and overwhelming nature of
said task, Sherrill also offers the viewer respite through her humorous and playful
juxtaposition of everyday found objects.
Working through her own sense of reality, Sherrill blends elements of sculpture, painting, and
photography in a way that allows the viewer to re-imagine their own perception of objects
and space. She gives the mundane the possibility to be exotic. Through the seamless use of
digital and physical imagery, Sherrill gives a depth to the lines produced by her hand,
and it’s not always a literal line.
Abby Sherrill is a visual artist living and working in Denton, Texas. She has been included in
group exhibitions at Galleri Urbane (Dallas), 500X Gallery (Dallas), and Rudolph Blume Fine
Art (Houston). She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and she recently
completed a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Sherrill holds an MFA in Fibers
from the University of North Texas, where she currently works as an Art Technician.