Galleri Urbane is proud to announce that Florida based artist, Jessica Drenk, will have her fourth solo show, “States of Matter”, at GUMD opening October 14.
Focused on mankind’s evolving relationship to nature, Jessica Drenk’s newest bodies of work complicate the definition of “manmade” and “natural” objects by combining both into pieces that defy categorization.
To Drenk, the material is content. Reminiscent of Art Povera masters, she chooses everyday materials for their inherent content. She is particularly enthralled by the ontology of books, writing materials, and the connotations of knowledge and production present in the object. Her process then continues with the precision and methodic grace that governs the growth patterns of trees, the melting of ice, and the formations left behind in sedimentary rocks after thousands of years. In her own words, “on a long enough timescale, there is no difference between manmade and nature.” The artist’s act of reshaping everyday objects - is disorientating and disrupts our tendency to categorize manmade and natural objects separately.