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Drew Conrad’s sculptural ruins of familiar domestic interior and exterior spaces propose a physical and mental space. Each architectural element is constructed and deconstructed with an idea of a certain moment yet without a final and fully realized plan; each decision informs the next. New and found materials such as laths, shingles, damask wallpaper, lights, and household oddities are distressed by hand with rust, debris, stain and sediment.
A tangible manifestation of the phrase “Je me souviens”, the sculptures, like nostalgia, are fragmented. This particular psychological archeology, with its decay yet lack of narrative, hints simultaneously at a Faulkner-esque Gothic South and decrepit Matta-Clark middle-class corners. A Vegas-era Elvis, a scratchy, haunting audio track, snapshots by Conrad, a taxidermy gazelle, and Crosby Stills and Nash albums form a bricolage of personal history and collective memory.
”Ain’t Dead Yet” exhibition by artist Drew Conrad.
Drew Conrad was born in 1979 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He received his M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in 2005, and was awarded the prestigious MacDowell Fellowship in 2012. His work was most recently exhibited in House: Home at New York University’s Kimmel Galleries in summer 2012. Drew Conrad lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
”Ain’t Dead Yet” was on view November 17, 2012 through February 22, 2013 at Fitzroy Gallery, NYC.