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I LOVE WORKS ON PAPER
by Todd Camplin
When I first walked into the main gallery of Conduit, I was instantly drawn to Lawrence’s
drawings on paper, unframed and pinned to the wall. Each paper with her calendar
drawings were exposed to the elements of the gallery. So, moisture had slightly
misshapen the paper. The pins in the paper showed evidence that these pieces
were hanging somewhere else. The material of paper and how it changes was as
much about time and history as her conceptual drawings. I think her paper pieces
in particular worked on several levels.
Annette Lawrence Installation. photo credit for all images: Kevin Todora
I love works on paper. Ever since I saw a Degas show at the Art Institute of Chicago back in the
early 90’s, it occurred to me the that a piece of paper with medium could stand as a  finished
work. I have often seeked out shows that deal with drawings, paintings, or even sculptures that
use this material. The group show at Erin Cluley and most of the works in Annette Lawrence’s
show at Conduit Gallery are a works on paper bonanza.
Annette Lawrence Installation. photo credit for all images: Kevin Todora
When visiting Erin Cluley, the first three pieces that grabbed my attention were works by
Nicholas Mathis. The ink on paper drawings were quite lyrical and imaginative. Elements
of wind and nature swirl around the image. I enjoyed all the detail work and how he kept
you looking around the piece. I flipped threw his book of small drawings. It was a real joy.
Somehow interacting with his work in this way made me feel transported into his studio. It
felt informal and intimate.

Zoe Charlton’s collage pieces struck me at first as a little campy, but I wasn’t allowed to let
go and so I returned to them. My first impressions faded and I felt that I might be looking at
a more complex narrative structure that was filled with dream and political elements. I came
away wanting to learn more about this artist. Charlton has an MFA out of UT Austin and
examples of her work online make me hope to see another show by her soon.
Nic Mathis, Untitled III (Live Oak), 2015, India ink on paper, 41 x 36 inches
I was happy to see more work by Josephine Durkin. Her blue and green abstract wall sculptures
are quite playful. The simplicity of JM Ritz’s lines to form a face was another attractive group of
works. Lauren Sleat took her line for a walk across her paper, Rene Trevino wall papered the sky,
Grace Hartigan reminded me of Marc Chagall, and Zanne Hochberg reminded me of Art Brut.
Over all, Erin Cluley put together an interesting show and I wish I had time to see it again.
JM Rizzi, Portrait 2, 2015, Ink on blue print, 40 x 29 inches
Unfortunately, this weekend is the closings of both the Works on Paper at Erin Cluley and Annette
Lawrence: Standard Time at Conduit Gallery. If you have missed Conduit Gallery’s three exhibits
this month then drop by early to see them. However, if you want to stay out late Saturday night
then go to Erin Cluley, Galleri Urbane, The Public Trust, and Liliana Bloch Gallery. All these galleries
are having closing receptions, so you have a good reason to get out and see some art before
you miss them.
Erin Cluley Gallery Installation. photo credit for all images: Kevin Todora