Debra Weisberg (Drawing Fellow ’08), along with Michelle Samour (Crafts Fellow ’03), Audrey Goldstein, and Julia Shepley, all use materials in unconventional ways in Material Drawing, which shows at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham through May 17.
Recently, Cate McQuaid wrote a very favorable review of Material Drawing in the Boston Globe. In it, she relates her experience of Debra’s “Glow Drawing” series, unique works with two distinct drawings on one surface, one for day and one for night:
…Weisberg makes light a tangible part of her work in the “Glow Drawing” series, which hangs in a closed-off section of the gallery, where you’re invited to look at them well lit before you flick off the lights.
Made with luminescent tape and powder, the “Glow Drawings” are… intricately crafted, often setting thrust and momentum against deep space. Turn off the lights, and everything shifts: Black disappears into shadows, white turns to an eerie, luminous green, like stars suspended in the maw of the universe. It’s a terrific surprise, and such a simple trick. I clapped my hands in delight like a 3-year-old.
You can see Debra’s “surreptitious drawing” (as she calls it), Michelle’s brightly colored drawings on translucent paper (McQuaid writes that her “Bundle” wall “is like a bouquet of alien flowers amid the spare, monochrome palettes of the other artists”), and the rest of the Material Drawing show at the Danforth Museum through May 17. A panel discussion with all four artists will take place on Sunday, April 26, at 3 PM.
Read what other past fellows/finalists are up to in the Fellows Notes.
Images:all from the “Glow Drawing” series by Debra Weisberg, installation view and detail (lights on); installation view and detail (lights off).