On the Lam

Greg Drasler // Rain Dance, 2011 oil on linen, 40 x 44 inches, 101.6 x 111.8 cm courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York
Greg Drasler // "Rain Dance", 2011
oil on linen, 40 x 44 inches, 101.6 x 111.8 cm
courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York

GREG DRASLER : On the Lam // September 8 until October 15, 2011 // Betty Cuningham Gallery // New York, NY

Today Betty Cuningham Gallery will open the season with Greg Drasler : On the Lam, an exhibition of new paintings and his third solo show at the gallery. An opening reception for the artist will be held this evening from 18h until 20h.

Drasler, in these highly polished uncanny paintings, constructs the elsewhere and disruptions of travel as if reinventing the wheel. With auto interiors, patterns and suspended objects, the manifold directions of the imagination is a back seat driver steering into bursts of symbolic coincidence. The objects have the capacity of vehicles and the vehicles are all interior. Littered with cameras, trailers, books, tents and a ski lift, the paintings remain unusually vacant yet preoccupied. This pile up of instruments, tools, patterns and apparel accumulates and reads as words in a sentence, a visual sentence, which is the painting.

Born in Waukegan, IL, Greg Drasler received a BFA and MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He has exhibited regularly in the US since the mid 80's. Widely collected privately, Drasler’ s work can be seen in the collections of Dow Jones, Inc., New York; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, New York and Thurston Twigg-Smith, Honolulu, HI.

Drasler has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993 and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1991. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and has also taught at Princeton University.

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