ZURICH CH: MV Art Projects Presents: The Finished Drawing: New Works by Trevor Guthrie: vernissage Wednesday, May 28
MV ART PROJECTS
Is pleased to present
"THE FINISHED DRAWING"
A selection of recent works on paper by
*after party with live music*
Wednesday, May 28 2008 19h. Weisse Fabrik 2. floor
Bachstrasse 9 8038 Zürich Wollishofen am See
Trevor Guthrie works primarily in monochrome making large format charcoal drawings. He employs photographic materials or anything he discovers or deems useful towards his endgame. This process is less the conceptually driven tactics of art historical research than a plundering of the treasures inherent in our image-rich digital playground. Guthrie involves himself with photographic source material that somehow connects to his childhood yet is strongly rooted in the morbidity of an adult awareness. He combines his influences the way a DJ superimposes transparent layers of curated sound thus achieving an original piece of music. Guthrie has found a delicate balance with his method that avoids the traps of stylistic imitation.
When one first views a Guthrie drawing, there is an instant shock. The subconscious mind’s recognition that it is not a photograph being experienced, but a capturing of the camera’s version of reality’s ghost, a mysterious under-structure of pictorial code. Even the most mundane of subjects is infused with meaning in this way. The sublime takes on the much more elusive forms such as an apparition beneath the picture plane. The type of pictorial space Guthrie inhabits is a deep perspective system heightened by dramatic cinematic lighting for which charcoal on paper is a perfect medium.
Excerpts from text by Noah Becker, Whitehot Magazine
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