Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Epic: Joseph Stashkevetch Drawings | Denver Art Museum

Joseph Stashkevetch, Memory Palace (detail). 2011
Conte crayon on watercolor paper
Courtesy the artist and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO.
Photo courtesy Christopher Burke.
Epic in size, epic in content, Joseph Stashkevetch’s drawings assault one’s senses by their obsessive detail, incredible size, and links to civilizations past and present. The disintegrating towers in Memory Palace might poke our recognition of a past life where civilization thrived, but look again and we might see it as an imaginary place influenced by an amalgamation of former cultures. In the seven lifelike drawings that comprise this exhibition, the artist critiques the questionable conclusion that modern times are an improvement from the past.


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