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Artists explore the link between drawing and sculpture in deCordova's exhibition The Sculptor's Eye
Erin Shirreff, Monograph (No. 4), 2014, archival pigment print with fold, 34 x 36 inches each, Museum Purchase, The Frederick P. Walkey Fund, a gift of the Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation.

LINCOLN, MASS.- DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is presenting The Sculptor's Eye: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from the Collection. Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, this exhibition features works on paper and photographs by more than thirty artists who are primarily considered sculptors. Their work reveals the multitude of connections between two- and three-dimensional art making processes and the means by which artists nurture and expand their creative vision. The Sculptor’s Eye will be on view in the galleries through March 20, 2016.

The Sculptor’s Eye features photographs of sculptural forms that explore space and volume. Pencil and charcoal drawings display the inventive ways in which artists experiment with spatial illusion on flat surfaces by using graphic gestures, contours, and colors. Plans for large-scale art installations demonstrate the tradition of artists considering architectural and environmental spaces. Together, these works emphasize the interplay of materiality, line, and form across artistic mediums.

On view are recent acquisitions to deCordova’s permanent collection, including Erin Schirreff’s Monograph No. 4, a series of digitally modified photographs of small maquettes. The series explores the disparity between encountering a sculpture in person and viewing it as a photographic reproduction. A charcoal and pencil drawing by Heide Fasnacht shows her ongoing fascination with shifting states of matter and transformation. Ghostly veils of paint and charcoal spill down the surface of a drawing by Diana Al-Hadid. This work on paper suggests the decaying façade of an archaeological ruin and relates to her sculptures of melting or deteriorating forms that veer toward structural collapse.

Several works in the The Sculptor’s Eye are by artists who are also represented by sculptures installed in the Sculpture Park and inside the Museum. Sculptures by Diana al-Hadid, Lars-Erik Fisk, Richard Rosenblum, Robert Schelling, Kenneth Snelson, and Joseph Wheelright offer opportunity for further exploration into the relationships between two- and three-dimensional art making.

The Sculptor’s Eye is on view in deCordova’s Foster Galleries and additional galleries on the second floor. The show supplements the Museum’s concurrent exhibition Drawing Redefined: Roni Horn, Esther Kläs, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Richard Tuttle, and Jorinde Voigt. Drawing Redefined features work by five contemporary artists who have transformed the traditional practice of drawing into a three-dimensional exploration through photography, painting, and sculpture.

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