Saturday, May 24, 2014

Greymatter Gallery Review: Peer

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I'm on a drawing kick. A few years ago I started doing some detailed sketches of sculptures I wanted to create. My drawings have now dominated my studio, and most of my work is now 2-D. Since this drawing bonanza started, I've had some continual thoughts about the concept of drawings. Have I made a drawing or a sketch? Have I made a drawing or a painting? Why does the general public see a painting as finer "fine art" than a drawing.
 
I've had drawing on the mind. So, when I saw that Greymatter Gallery's current show, Peer, was a exhibition of drawings by Daniel Fleming, I had to go check it out.

Daniel Fleming
Shedding Parts
15" x 20"
Ink on paper
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Bigger Brother
Acrylic on drop-cloth and canvas.
60" x 84"
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The show is a collection of nine framed drawings and two painting. In these images he has represented motor vehicles and airplanes as means of transportation as well as carriers of surveillance tools.

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When I spoke with him at the opening he talked about surveillance being the act of watching. In his interview with Greymatter Gallery he mentioned how we complain about being watched and our lack of privacy, then we eagerly read the headlines about the lives of celebrities, and feel a need to post our Facebook status and expect to be updated on our friend's status

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In his drawings and paintings Fleming does not argue for or against the act of surveillance. Rather, he comments on how we watch each other naturally. We are all active participants in the game of watching and being watched.

Be a viewer. Go check it out.



Peer: New Drawings By Daniel Fleming
May 16-July 15, 2014
Greymatter Gallery
207 E. Buffalo St.
Suite 222
Milwaukee, WI 53202
located in the Marshall Building

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