The Adah Rose Gallery is pleased to share Jessica Drenk’s The Anatomy of an Inanimate Object. The exhibition runs through October 31st 2021.
Tactile and textural, the sculptures of Jessica Drenk highlight the chaos and beauty that can be found in simple materials. Jessica’s work is influenced by systems of information and the impulse to develop an encyclopedic understanding of the world. Jessica’s interests in archaeology, paleontology, biology, botany and geology influence not only the shapes and textures of her sculpture, but also lend a visual framework for creating, collecting and classifying her own specimens of the present. Her materials are as varied as marble, junkmail, PVC pipes, toilet paper, books, pencils, wood, coffee filters and q-tips.
“My work is an inquiry into materiality: what makes up the objects that surround us as well as the composition of the natural world. I am interested in how parts combine to create a whole and the intricacies of shape and texture found in the world at every scale. In treating everyday objects as raw material to sculpt, I practice a form of conceptual alchemy: through physically manipulating these objects their meanings become transmuted. Each piece is a direct response to material—a subversion of the meanings with it, and a reference to the life cycle of objects through time.” – Jessica Drenk
Aggregate 6, 2021 Junk mail, catalogs, newspaper, used paper and cardboard on wood