Drew, Leonardo
Born 1961 in Tallahassee, USA
Lives and works in New York City, USA
Leonardo Drew is known for wall-based abstract sculptural installations most often based on the exploration and testing of the grid structure. These works incorporate created, manipulated and found materials constructed from fabricated wood, sheet metal, tree branches, roots, paper, raw cotton, rust, found objects and mud. These materials, his paint box in effect, are used to create work, which explores the environment, existence, history and memory. With 128L, 2013 Drew explores the themes he has developed over the last few years, breaking free from and manipulating the order of the grid whilst never quite fully escaping its core sanctity. Number 128L is comprised of a system of expansive small wooden elements, each fastidiously laid like a growing mosaic, emanating from the form like the bark of a rare ambiguous tree. The result is an object fossilised and hardened by the artist’s industry, whilst at the same time seemingly folding back on itself as an organic form, soft in its under frame.
Leonardo Drew, 128L, 2013, wood, 61 x 61 x 12.7 cm. Courtesy Vigo Gallery

Artists 2018