CwowóCity Without Walls September 14th to November 23rd, 2006
The City of Newark, home to City Without Walls, is currently under construction. Newark abounds with optimism as evidenced by new transportation systems, rampant construction and new government leadership. It's as if Newark were, metaphorically speaking, going back to the drawing stage and actively building its future. Inspired by this moment in time, cWOW presents Drawing Stage, an exhibition uniting work by fourteen emerging artists that demonstrate the ways in which drawing remains a vibrant, malleable and experimental contemporary artistic medium. Others, like Ryan Rivera, Francine Leclercq and Gema Alava-Crisostomo, engage the legacy of Gego, Richard Tuttle, and Eva Hesse, recent masters who redefined the materials of drawing itself. While they employ diametrically opposed materials, laser beams and thread and needles, both Leclercq and Alava-Crisostomo create dematerialized drawings that allude to absencesóbe it or the virtual nature of our technological world or the intangible resonance of memory.
E. Carmen Ramos, Assistant Curator, The Newark Museum.