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Frost Art Museum FIU presents “Leonardo Drew: Cycles” | News from the FIU


The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum CRF will present “Leonardo Drew: Cycles, from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation”, from September 1 to November 17, 2021. Drew transforms cotton pulp and pigments into large, fragile prints that test the versatility of the media. Some look like maps of geographic landscapes like populated cities, forests and wasteland seen from above, while others are reminiscent of the night sky and distant galaxies. Evoking fire, soil, sky and water, there are strong perceptions on a microcosmic and macrocosmic scale.

The organic forms within the composition undulate with various textures and luminosities, pushing the limits of its materiality. Much like his sculptural wood installations, Drew starts from a raw material, transforming and reconstructing its essence until it resembles debris. Through this process, the artist articulates various stories of chaos and cycles of birth and death.

“Drew reinvents form. His work raises questions about the various topographies and the negotiation of space in our daily life. This exhibition offers a rare look at the artist’s expansive approach to printmaking, ”said museum chief curator Amy Galpin.

Also on display, the artist’s sculptures address social issues and the cyclical nature of existence. Using a variety of standard materials like wood, cardboard, paint, paper, plastic, rope and twine combined with natural materials like branches or tree trunks, Drew transforms these objects with laborious manipulations that mimic the natural processes of oxidation, combustion and weathering.

Cycles seems especially timely as we observe how humans have now altered the environment. Drew’s early years of researching discarded materials for reuse and his focus in this body of work on the concept of cycles – from the cyclical nature of life to the effects of erosion – relate to this part of the world, where nature and the climate are dominant forces in our daily life, ”said museum director Jordana Pomeroy. “We are grateful to Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation for carrying out the work of Leonardo Drew Cycles available to the FIU and the Miami-Dade community.

Drew’s works can be found in the esteemed collections of Crystal Bridges, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami.

“When you meet Leonardo Drew – you are transformed by his energy, his smile and his passion – his passion for life! His art takes wood, fabric, shingles, etc. – and transforms the material into the most amazing sculpture imaginable. His works on paper turn into three-dimensional experiences of artistic exploration. Thank you Leonardo for allowing us all to see your art and your magical journey, ”said Jordan D. Schnitzer.


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