Alex Sax’s Butterflies and flowers were part of Drawing Part I: The Everyday, Engine Gallery, Biddeford, Maine, September 28 – October 20, 2018.
The exhibit was part one of a two-part exhibition curated by Deborah Whitney, curator/gallerist formerly of Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine. Drawing II: The Other Day, was on exhibit October 26 -November 24.
The shows investigate the range that drawing can be…the materials, the presentation, the complexity and the simplicity.
Drawing I featured works by Terrance Brett, Sabrina Small, Brian Lynch, Paul Ridyard, Alex Sax, Nicola Saunderson, Tanja Kunz, Melinda Barnes, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, and Deborah Whitney. Whitney explains, “The Everyday is a collection of works, some made with traditional materials and some not, with subject matter and concepts that are familiar to us, perhaps even surround us, yet are presented in a more compelling way. Thinking about this notion of the everyday, I am incorporating that familiarity with the elements which drawing may convey–beauty, functionality, irony–with an emphasis on economy and simplicity.”
Drawing II featured works by Terrence Brett, Clint Fulkerson, Deborah Randall, Ling-Wen Tsai, Bridget Spaeth, Noriko Sakanishi, Avy Claire, Kate Beck, and Grace DeGennaro. “The Other Day, is a collection of works that are more about abstract concepts – less recognizable imagery with an emphasis on pattern and color. I am thinking about it as music – with big and small notes…a sort of different view of life. Terrance Brett includes a conceptual piece in which he is responding to a piece of music that he heard years ago and which stayed with him. Please excuse the pun, but, I am riffing on that idea of the connection of our visual and aural senses. I have always envisioned the installation of artwork in a space as music, and this is the first time that I have endeavored to intentionally construct a show around this notion of vision and sound,” says Whitney.