Kantor Gallery is pleased to present Dennis Koch's "Downy Head," an exhibition of abstract colored-pencil drawings.
Koch's meticulously created, large-scale works push the medium of drawing. Their density and depth evoke the intensity of abstract painting, but their medium grounds them with a certain simplicity. Koch's precise, repetitive mark-making results in organic matrices of overlapping forms. Horizontal zig-zags haphazardly intersect and conclude as patterns of X, Y and Zs. Free-handed lines spiral into daisies, then overlap into a vibrant and animated tapestry. These labor-intensive drawings emerge from an intuitive process: improvised repetition builds into a logical visual rhythm.
Koch does make the auditory visual. The zig-zags in his drawings instantly draw to mind the visualization of sound waves and the freeform intricacies of his line work point to improvisation.
For the title of the exhibition, Koch borrows David Foster Wallace's phrase "Downy Head" from one of Wallace's short stories. In the story he uses the phrase in reference to the fluff atop a dandelion that's gone to seed. Koch's use of this phrase points evolution of each of his drawings. As meticulous and careful as they are, they are created organically and they produce their own growth.
Dennis Koch was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and has lived in Los Angeles since 2006.
"Downy Head" will be open to the public from April 13 through May 18, 2010 at Kantor Gallery, 7025 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Gallery opening will take place on April 13, from 6pm-8pm.