Des Moines Art Center exhibition has artists "Drawing in Space"

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Des Moines Art Center exhibition has artists Drawing in Space

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 2017) – On Friday, September 29, the Des Moines Art Center will open Drawing in Space, which runs through January 21, 2018.

Drawing in Space includes the work of three artists and one artist collective: Dave Eppley (New York), Heeseop Yoon (New York), Monika Grzymala (Berlin), and Numen/For Use (Germany, Austria, Croatia) — their first major installation in the U.S. Uniting these artists are explorations of line and space through the creation of large-scale, site specific installations using the novel yet humble material, tape. At the Art Center, the artists will create works in their chosen locations including the floor of the lobby, the three-story wall of the Kyle J. and Sharon Krause Atrium of the Richard Meier building, the Anna K. Meredith Gallery, and the entire I. M. Pei building.

Viewers will be able to follow the progress of two of the artists as they work: Dave Eppley will be in the lobby and Heeseop Yoon in the Meier Atrium from September 12 – 15, 2017. Visitors may observe Numen/For Use working with a crew in the I. M. Pei building from September 19 – 27. The labor entailed in making all four installations is integral to understanding the art, so the artists will be filmed as they create it. The resulting videos, containing brief interviews and shots of the artists working on site, will be on view in the galleries by mid-October to give those who weren’t able to visit in September a glimpse of how the installations were made.

Dave Eppley uses vinyl sign tape to create colorful lines that often accrue and stratify as they stray from the starting point of the work. His lines boldly take over the galleries in which he works, prompting viewers to reconsider familiar spaces. Monika Grzymala’s works have been described as functioning somewhere between architectural interventions and three-dimensional drawings. Employing black, transparent, and silver reflective tape, Grzymala’s “canvases” are often the empty spaces between the ceiling and the floor or one corner of a room to the other. Heeseop Yoon uses “organizational lines” and black masking tape to explore concepts of perception in her works. Organizational lines are used to help artists structure drawings and are usually erased. Yoon keeps her organizational lines as well as her mistakes and corrections, the lines creating a kinetic energy that purposefully overshadows the subject of her drawings. The artist collective, Numen/For Use, designs architectural structures resembling a cross between spider webs and cocoons made out of transparent tape. Their wondrous installations suspended in mid-air can be enjoyed both inside and out; that is, visitors are invited to crawl into and through the tunnels and cavities of the sculpture.

Drawing in Space is organized by Senior Curator Alison Ferris.

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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