April 27 – June 2, 2007
Opening reception for the artist Friday April 27, 6 – 9pm

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present, The Real Object, an exhibition of new drawings by Molly Springfield. For the past two years, Springfield has embarked on a singularly focused project: making painstaking graphite drawings of photocopies of books—copies of copies, in other words, that meditate on questions of originality, reproduction, and meaning. The obvious labor involved in each drawing evokes, as San Francisco critic Glen Helfand has put it, “an existential sense of futility. All that time and effort, and for what?”

In this latest series of works, Springfield ups the ante. The drawings are larger in scale and more ambitious, but they also conform to a set of self-imposed restrictions. The pages that appear in the drawings are carefully chosen— from books on the history of art or books with personal significance to the artist—and the content of the pages, in turn, dictates the form of the drawings. In some of the pieces, this relationship is made explicit; in others, less so. At the same time, the works address themes that have always preoccupied Springfield—reading versus seeing, technology versus labor, memory versus nostalgia, digital versus analog, pencil versus print.

Molly Springfield was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006 and received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Later this year, her work will be included in Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite, an exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museums that will travel nationally. Her next solo show is scheduled for this fall at Moti Hasson Gallery in New York.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 – 6 and by appointment.

Molly Springfield

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