Arterie Fine Arts
21 Dead Men (#5)
Mixed Media
24" x 18"
Dennis Drueck

This work exists as an excerpt of a 21 drawing series, each one is a portrait of a portrait. They are an attempt to create something while at the same time destroying it. The works focus materially on the peculiarity of drawing with a rotary sander, as well as the frailty and thinness of the paper, which is cast over a flesh-like red. The conceptual focus is to combine the destructive, perhaps violent drawing act with an ultimately ambiguous historical reference. For me, the “21 Dead Men” confront notions of uncertainty and truth—whether in life or history—and contemplate the connection between the living and the dead. They are both an affront to and an affirmation of history.
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