An Ancient Technique for the 21st Century
Susan Schwalb and Margaret Mathews-Berenson
September 11 - October 25
Friday, September 11, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday, October 10, 4 pm
Open free to the public, Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm
Kentler International Drawing Space is pleased to present REINVENTING SILVERPOINT, An Ancient Technique for the 21st Century, co-curated by Susan Schwalb and Margaret Mathews--Berenson. The exhibition will be on view from September 11 to October 25.
Metalpoint drawings, applied with a metal tip of lead, silver, copper, gold or other metal on coated paper, were in widespread use during the Renaissance. In the early decades of the 20th century artists took up silverpoint for its precision and subtlety. For this exhibition, the curators have brought together five artists using various metals in contemporary and experimental ways. Each artist extends this age-old drawing medium in new ways through their use of subject, scale or technique.
At a time when art is being redefined by new and rapidly changing digital tools and technology that often deny the man-made mark, silverpoint offers artists a connection with a potent creative tradition. The fine delicate lines inevitably reveal the artist’s hand: an affirmation of human presence. The radiant metallic glint offers evidence of both its endurance and its mutability. Though technically cumbersome, its newfound expansiveness and adaptability have a special attraction for the artists in REINVENTING SILVERPOINT. A drawing medium made for quiet meditation, silverpoint remains a venerable instrument of intimate communication for artists today and provides welcome distraction from the dizzying pace of our technocentric world for artist and viewer alike.
– Margaret Mathews-Berenson
Special thanks goes to The Fifth Floor Foundation for support of this exhibition.
Marietta Hoferer, Mercury 1, detail
Mixed metal, graphite on black paper, 281/4 x 281/4", 2008
Cynthia Lin, Shelf Drawing
Silver on gesso paper, 2001
Natalie Loveless, The Artist's Knowledge
Silverpoint and detritus on Kentler wall, book, 2009
Carol Prusa, Internal Architecture
Silverpoint, graphite, titanium white pigment with acrylic binder on acrylic
hemisphere with fiber optics and video, 2009
Susan Schwalb, Strata #395
Copper / brass/silver/goldpoint on clay coated paper, 12 x 12", 2004