PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
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Leonardo Drew is an interesting artist to say the least. Primarily regarded as a sculptor his work tends to lend itself to seem to be relief-like paintings. He burns his work very much on par with that of the California artist Alphonso Acosta who also burns his way to completion. Drew adds the use of chemical rusting for another effect. His recent display at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine stole the show.
Entitled "Number 139, " the composition requires being installed to the base of the floor and hung as well. The branches and two-by-fours break the surface of the sculpture reaching towards the sky and as well as your eyes. Seemingly making you, the audience a bit disturbed. This is no accident. You see, Leonardo grew up in one of the poorest cities in America. Bridgeport, Connecticut.
I will be the first to admit it is no West Hartford. The view from his window was the city's dump. He seeks a conversation with "use and abandon, the opening of the earth and architecture". These themes all interplay nicely in the work Number 39, this seminole piece alone can carry this artist to the Promise Land.
BY ARTCOWO PRESS ©
Source: Museum Notes and Artist
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