Opening Reception for Contemporary Cartographers: Leonardo Drew, Nicola López, Alex Kirillov

October 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Gershman Y
401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Gershman Y

The featured artists’ cartographical interpretations displace the perceptions of their surroundings and create an alternative mapping to urban and organic scenery. Encouraging the viewer to look beyond geographic representations, these artists have reconfigured their environment to evoke a visceral sense of place.

Leonardo Drew has been making artwork since childhood, and first exhibited his work at the age of 13. Known for his large-scale sculptural installations in wood, Drew transforms and reconstructs raw material to resemble debris. Similarly, his works on display, made at the Pace Paper workshop in Brooklyn, test the versatility of his medium. Emulating organic forms such as soil or water from an aerial view emphasize a constructed cosmography.

Nicola López describes and restructures our contemporary, primarily urban, landscape. Her interest in defining place stems from her background in anthropology. Using the language of printmaking, López explores the human-constructed world to capture its growth, unsustainability, and tremendous potential. López’s piece, “Air,” is one out of a series of four prints, printed and published by Pace Editions. The other work is one of five editions utilizing lithography and relief processes, that was produced in collaboration with Alex Kirillov and the graduate students in the MFA Book Arts + Printmaking program at the University of the Arts.

Alex Kirillov is a professional collaborative printer, artist, and teacher. Born in Moscow, Russia, Alexander has been living in the US since 1993. Kirillov moved to Philadelphia and founded Stonefox Editions, a professional collaborative printshop that specializes in lithography. Kirillov draws inspiration from industrial topography and incorporates navigational aids and plot lines to create prints that read as maps. The directional elements stimulate a sense of place and encourage the viewer to reconsider the surrounding cityscape.