MICHAEL NUDELMAN
Light & Magic
September 10 through October 16, 2010

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Light & Magic; the first solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Michael Nudelman, September 10 through October 16, 2010.

Nudelman’s painstaking process of creating ballpoint pen drawings, rendered in tens of thousands of small diagonal lines, currently is engaged with the hyper-romanticized landscape. The sources of his imagery are reproductions of famous artists’ work. For this show, consisting of nine drawings made in the past two years, Nudelman explores the work of American landscape artists, including several Hudson River School painters. Among them are Asher B. Durand, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Thomas Chambers. In addition, he includes work by commercial artists who tend to be less respected in the contemporary art world: Thomas Kinkade, Bob Ross, and Robert Wyland.

With the human figure and any wildlife appearing in the original artwork removed, Nudelman’s drawings arrive through several filters and lenses. The original landscape paintings, whether depictions of the real or imaginary, are not used. He copies copies of images found on the Internet. His drawing process, much like a photocopier, further removes the images from the actual landscape revealing technical striations and occasional tiny globs of ink. Their artificiality, built using many layers of ink and a wide variety of colors, show the mundane in an unfamiliar way. Closer inspection reveals a complicated process and conceptual elements that belie the feathery lightness of visual components immediately seen in his work. The artificial constructs inherent in the work provide a gateway toward numerous aesthetic and conceptual interpretations.

The materiality of Nudelman’s drawings is often in sync with the ways in which our culture dissociates itself from the Earth. The deliberate use of less-than-archival ballpoint pen shows an artist at peace with his mortality as the work will inevitably age. The future of the drawings is difficult to predict. The colors will fade or break down at different rates. Wizened colors may point toward lost or dying species, and all may eventually be lost or gained, as a meditative creative gesture in the present extends itself toward a future of possibilities.

Born in 1985 in Smithtown, New York, Michael Nudelman received a BFA in printmaking from Cornell University in 2007, and an MFA in Painting/Drawing from the School of the Art Institute in 2009. He has exhibited work in group exhibitions in Chicago at numerous venues including the Union League, Sullivan Galleries, Devening Projects, Julius Caesar, and Zrobili.

Michael Nudelman

Light & Magic
September 10 - October 16, 2010

Works

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 10! (After A.B.D.)

Michael Nudelman, It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 10! (After A.B.D.), 2010

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 9 (After W. and Apollo 8)

Michael Nudelman, It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 9 (After W. and Apollo 8), 2010

Niagara Falls (After T.C. (Not the same T.C. as It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 7))

Michael Nudelman, Niagara Falls (After T.C. (Not the same T.C. as It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 7)), 2010

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 2 (After T.K.)

Michael Nudelman, It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This 2 (After T.K.), 2009


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