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Sikkema Jenkins & Co presents LEONARDO DREW | JENNIE C. JONES

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8 Sept 2016 to 8 Oct 2016
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Leonardo Drew
Number 185, 2016
Wood, paint, pastel, screws; 121 x 134 x 30 inches (307.3 x 340.4 x 76.2 cm)

Artists in this exhibition: Leonardo Drew, Jennie C. Jones


Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Leonardo Drew on view from September 8 through October 8, 2016. The exhibition marks Drew’s fifth solo show at the gallery.

Leonardo Drew is known for his abstract sculptural installations, which incorporate materials such as paper, rope, wood, paint chips, tree branches and roots, and sheet metal. In Drew’s hands, these raw materials are exhaustingly transformed to resemble debris. While artistically rooted in art movements of the 1950s and 60s including abstract expressionism, minimalism, and Arte Povera, Drew - influenced by non-Western philosophical traditions - view his work as a reflection of the cyclical nature of time, the continual processes of transformation, and the connectivity of all things. This is perhaps most evident in the artist’s practice of incorporating parts of earlier works into newer pieces, including several of the works on view in the current exhibition.

Drew’s current work also displays an concrete engagement with language, particularly in works like Number 181, 2016, which includes white stripes reminiscent of lines of text or musical notation. Viewed in detail, the works also recalls ancient writing forms – symbols cut into stone such as hieroglyphics and cuneiform – or possibly letterpress blocks that are worn, reshaped, and reused.

Leonardo Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, Florida, and he grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His natural talent and passion for art was recognized at an early age, first exhibiting his work at the age of 13. He went on to attend the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and art in 1985. Since then his work has been shown in solo exhibitions at notable institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1995); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC (2000); Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland (2001); Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea in Siena, Italy (2006); Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art & Design (2013); and SCAD Museum of Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design (also 2013). Drew’s mid-career survey, Existed, premiered at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston in 2009. The exhibition went on to tour the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.

Drew’s work is included in numerous important public and private collections. Public institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; and Tate, London.

Drew has also collaborated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has participated in artist residencies at ArtPace, San Antonio and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, among others. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 


Concurrent to Leonardo Drew’s exhibition, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to present Amplitude, a solo show of new work by Jennie C. Jones, on view in the back galleries from September 8 through October 8, 2016.

Jennie C. Jones' work exposes the connections between conceptual and avant-garde African American music and the cultural, political, and historical ideas surrounding Minimalism and Abstraction. Jones brings to light the unlikely alliances that emerged between the visual arts and the imprint of music, highlighting the way they became and continue to exist as tangible markers of social evolution and political strivings.

Jones’ distinctive “acoustic paintings,” constructed from industrial sound absorbing panels, suggest both the aural and physical dynamics of listening. While continuing the use of a restrained gray palette, Jones employs red as an activation color, a color she considers a reference to the action of “recording” as exemplified by “in session” indicator lights. The works presented in Amplitude more overtly examine the contrast of silence and noise within "the gesture of sound.” These painterly gestures recall visual representations of sound waves and tone bursts. Jones’ brushwork fuses the representation of the sonic while flirting with the hardedge geometry found in music notation.

Amplitude emphasizes new risks in the artist’s typically rather restrained hand and nods towards a new loudness in her voice and interest in the audible.

A new sound piece in tandem with this exhibition is available for free download at This work addresses transmutation and origin, transferring a work from cassette tape into the digital realm with its final output source being accessible by phone before, during, or after the exhibition.

Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1968, and currently lives and in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where she received her Master of Fine Art degree in 1996. Prior to that she attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1991 with Fellowship. She is currently a Lecturer in MFA Sculpture Department at Yale University. Among her numerous awards, Jones is 2016 recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award presented by the Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Jones’ work has been exhibited at major national and international art institutions including solo presentations at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2009); Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts in San Francisco (2011); The Kitchen in New York (2011); and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2013). Compilation, a ten-year survey exhibition of her work curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, was on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from December 12, 2015 through March 27, 2016. A book published by Gregory R. Miller with essays by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Hilton Als, and George E. Lewis along with conversation between Jones and Huey Copeland accompanied the exhibition.

Her work is also featured in the group exhibition The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from September 14 through March 19.

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