Prographica/KDR is pleased to announce two solo exhibitions: Drawings/Paintings by Sally Cleveland (Prographica) and New Drawings by Robert Schultz (Koplin Del Rio). Sally Cleveland’s work has been included in several group exhibitions at Prographica, this is her first solo exhibition with the gallery, and also marks the artist’s 22nd solo exhibition in the Northwest since 1993. The installation of new drawings by Robert Schultz will mark the artist’s debut exhibition in Seattle and his ninth solo exhibition with Koplin Del Rio.
Known for her small and intimate paintings of quiet scenes of urban and pastoral landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, the installation of recent work by Sally Cleveland combines drawings and paintings depicting a broad range of subject matter. A barren storefront, a solitary book on a chair, a contemplative woman alone at a table…each depicts an isolated moment in time devoid of a narrative element, yet familiar.
I am drawn to sites that I recognize in some instinctive way. I prefer subject matter that is lacking in apparent grace or easy description. My paintings and drawings are an attempt to see past the surface of things. – Sally Cleveland
Each piece captures a personal point of view by the artist, conjured by her upbringing as she describes as nomadic. She was born in Portland, and her father worked for the Soil Conservation Service, helping farmers with crop and soil issues. Thus, the artist’s visual perspectives on landscape and environs are filtered through her experiences of being uprooted with many road trips viewing the farmlands from the back seat of the car window.
Cleveland focuses on her subject from a distance, inviting the viewer to look closely and see what she saw. Singularly, the works are like pages (or notes) from the artist's pictorial journal, collectively they document our modern life through a lens from fine-pointed realism to more Impressionistic style conjuring the tones and moods of Antonio Lopez Garcia to Edward Hopper.
Sally Cleveland is a Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (1981). Cleveland has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont) and Artists’ Fellowships, Inc. (New York, New York). She exhibits regularly in Portland and Seattle galleries, and her work has been included in numerous invitational exhibitions. She currently teaches at Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.
Robert Schultz’s current exhibition features a series of new silverpoint drawings which has been the artist’s choice of medium for the past 10 years. He begins each drawing with a sketchbook study in red pencil to work out composition and lighting. Then he proceeds to draw with a silver stylus on a 7 layered gessoed panel. The inherent nature of silverpoint drawings is a particular challenge due to the unforgiving nature of this old master medium. Each mark with the silver stylus is permanent and tonal shifts must be carefully executed. Schultz’s signature technique and attention to detail goes seemingly beyond the ability of the human eye to capture information. His drawings speak not only of his uncompromising diligence, but also capture his passion of working from the live model and his deep connection with each individual subject.
The compositions are intimate and personal and I hope to entice the viewer to look and then look closer. I have also played with many different textures, fabrics and skin and hair types to create a series of drawings that together reveal the psychological nature of each drawing. – Robert Schultz
Schultz reaches beyond making accurate drawings by definition, where the artist’s technique rather gives us the impression of the completed form consequentially portraying more of a visual surface tension in his imagery. The viewer is convinced through manipulated tones and details that he has captured his model’s every hair, when in fact he gives the viewer the illusion of initial impression. In addition, denim is a deceptive texture to also draw. In capturing the convincingly suggested curves and wrinkles of fabric, Schultz distinctly creates a denim-like texture of the fabric’s tone and scale which suggests the denim is photographically accurate.
Schultz having studied with renowned artists John Wilde and Richard Long at the University of Wisconsin, at Madison in the late 70s, is a superb draftsman. Schultz renders dramatic swaths of shadow on his studio wall and subtle reflective light on the model with equal attention: there is no loss of detail in the rich darkened areas or the crisp highlights. Lighting is an integral part of each thoughtfully crafted composition and is used to further enhance the visual narrative. The silver point marks on panel take on a distinct iridescent quality that complements both his virtuoso technique and sophisticated eye. His drawings spring from the long artistic tradition of depicting the figure.
Robert Schultz was born in Keokuk, Iowa and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his B.A and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin and currently teaches Advanced Life Drawing and Figure Drawing at Madison College. Schultz’s work has been exhibited nationally and is included in several public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Arkansas Art Center, The Boise Art Museum, The Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.