David Zwirner is pleased to inaugurate its new exhibition space at 533 West 19th Street with an exhibition by New York artist Katy Schimert. Previously used as a private viewing room, the space will now host a series of smallscale public exhibitions–showing suites of photographs, drawings, and prints–giving gallery artists an opportunity to present bodies of work in an intimate setting. In The Monster, Schimert debuts fourteen works on paper.
Initially begun as studies for an outdoor sculpture project, the fully developed series of watercolors, which comprises The Monster, demonstrates the fluidity and holism of the artist's concerns across media. Schimert uses fragments of personal experience as conceptual impetus and the intersection of the fine and decorative arts as a formal point of departure. Densely layered and vaguely topographical, this new series of drawings explores the transmutation of man into monster. Extending beyond physiological investigations, the works simultaneously function as deeply probing portraits of psychological transformation, pain, anxiety, repression, and loss, recalling Théodore Géricault's early 19th-century paintings of psychiatric patients.
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