Opening: Friday, September 6th in conjuction with the Oakland Art Murmur
Artist's Reception: Saturday September 14, 4-6:30PM
ARTIST'S RECEPTION and 5 Year Anniversay Party and Benefit
Saturday, September 14, 2013 4–6PM
Join us for the artist reception and celebration of our 5 Year Anniversary with live music, refreshments, raffle prizes, and more!
About the Exhibition:
Studio Quercus is pleased to present "New Drawings," a two-person exhibition of recent works by John Fadeff and Sam Vaughan. The exhibition is on view Friday, September 6 through October 12, 2013. The artists will be present for a reception on Saturday, September 14, 4 to 6pm.
John Fadeff and Sam Vaughan—two accomplished draftsmen with an extraordinary love of the drawn line—work in traditional materials of graphite and pen-and-ink. Open to exploring the medium, the artists' mistakes and deformations in both subjects and the drawings themselves, lend a sideways juxtaposition to the meticulously intricate detail both the artists use to create their works.
Vaughan's strong, bold, loud work is representational, with an emphasis on the figure. Presenting works from his series 'Eden Neandertalensis', Vaughan creates dense, squat bodies that clunk through undeveloped landscapes. His works explore an ambiguous alternate history: "...a sort of shabby Paradise, or run down Garden of Eden - inhabited by some later generation of squatters, well after the fall..."
Fadeff's work, by comparison, is meditative and quiet, with an emphasis on creating atmosphere with layers of line. Amorphous figures and abstracted landscapes fade into a thick fog of tiny sketched lines and cross-hatches, resulting in a delightfully creepy obfuscation of the scene. Because the nature of pen-and-ink doesn't allow for erasures, Fadeff builds changes and patches with even more lines: "...by stacking up additive depletions, the drawings get dodgy and crammed."
Both Fadeff and Vaughan are experts at rendering precise images that perplex the view of the audience. Presented together, the works show both the skill of the artists and the possibilities of a medium.