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David Castillo Gallery is proud to present The Mag inot Line\, curated by Dennis Scholl\, with works on paper by Daniel Ar sham\, Ben Berlow\, Michael Berryhill\, Willem de Kooning\, Jean Dubuffet\, Mark Grotjahn\, Marie Lorenz\, Pepe Mar\, Jillian Mayer\, Kirsten Nash\, K ori Newkirk\, William J. O'Brien and Claes Oldenburg.

The Maginot Line illustrates the variety of drawing practices artists use t o explore the narrative nature of the line as the vehicle for creating shap e\, depth and form. For some\, drawing is their primary mode of working\, b ut for others drawing is a preparatory practice for other mediums.
< br /> The "Maginot Line" refers to an organizational grid invented by the F rench military during the inter-war years to protect their forts from forei gn attack. While each of the buildings within the Maginot Line were diverse in size and function\, their symmetrical organization transformed them int o a singular protective unit.

Mimicking the symmetrical syste m of the "Maginot Line\," each body of work is arranged in its own composit ional grid on the gallery wall. Creating a symmetrical network of drawings\ , the exhibition transforms the group installation into a multifaceted visu al experience that can be viewed through any multitude of trajectories eman ating from the line.

Ben Berlow\, Mark Grotjahn and Kirsten N ash use drawing to complicate the relationship between abstraction and figu ration. Berlow's colorful compositions are explorations into an ambiguous a rchitectonic space. Grotjahn's black and cream butterflies evoke the artist 's interest in the "meditational" experience of both making and viewing art . By toying with a variety of vantage points and compositions\, Kirsten Nas h's works become the hard-lined minimalist ghosts of an urban landscape.
In the works by Daniel Arsham\, Michael Berryhill\, Jillian May er and Claes Oldenburg\, drawing shares an affinity with illustration and i s used to explore important observations of the modern world. A product of his contemplative architectural studies\, Arsham's works emerge from his ob servations during the rehearsals of the modern dance troupes he collaborate s with. Oscillating between the abstract and the representational\, Berryhi ll's drawings depict a surreal world populated with hidden emblems of popul ar culture. Jillian Mayer's Practice Babies series is a meditation o n the psychological disposition of women who react to the societal pressure of enforced gender roles\, using small animals as surrogates for children\ , fashion or lovers. Oldenburg's Giant Balloon in the Shape of a Screw is representative of the artist's dramatization of mundane objects into larger-than-life monuments.

Drawing takes on lyrical and corp oreal forms in the works by Willem de Kooning\, Jean Dubuffet\, Kori Newkir k and William J. O'Brien. Shifting back and forth between varied forms of m ark-making\, William J. O'Brien's works on paper are indicative of the arti st's multidisciplinary practice. In the Cripsis (wingtip) series\, N ewkirk uses lines drawn with chlorine to explore the infinite directional c ompositions of the human face. Dubuffet and de Kooning's gestural explorati ons into the human psyche reflect the emotive qualities of line and form. < br />
Marie Lorenz and Pepe Mar push the boundaries of drawing to ut ilize methods and materials not traditionally associated with the medium. L orenz creates a series of highly textured and abstracted works on paper fro m pastel rubbings of found objects discovered during her travels. Mar draws with the cut lines of collage in his Face-Off series featuring the primitive mask heads of his signature paper collage sculptures.

David Castillo Annex presents new works by gallery artists Franci e Bishop Good\, Adler Guerrier\, Susan Lee-Chun\, Fabian Peña\, Leyden Rodr iguez-Casanova\, Frances Trombly\, and Wendy Wischer.


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