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The cyclical nature of life—particularly the relationship between fecundity and decay, creation and destruction—plays a recurring role throughout Leonardo Drew’s artworks, which are composed of found objects, paper, wood, and fabric. He frequently deploys the compositional strategy of the grid, a modernist device that insists upon the radical equality of space, in his arrangement of diverse materials.
Contemplative and serene, Untitled, 2005–06, is a hallmark work by Drew. Made from cast paper, the work presents a layered and sensual field that appears like a painting on the wall but also behaves like a sculpture in its investigation of solid and void. While his works remain resolutely abstract, the intensity with which they are worked on by hand lends them warmth and opens up conversations about artistic process.
This work makes a strong addition to the ICA/Boston’s collection of both sculpture and painting. It joins a group of works that play with the expanded field of painting by such artists as Klara Lidén and Kaari Upson.
Gift of Sandra and Gerald Fineberg