Peter Blum Gallery presents an exhibition of works on paper by David Rabinowitch entitled Périgord Construction of Vision Drawings. This is the artist’s seventh solo show with the gallery.
David Rabinowitch started visiting the Périgord region in southern France in 2008. Périgord has some of the best preserved 10th – 12th Century Romanesque churches in Europe and has become a place that Rabinowitch has been revisiting and making sketches of since his first visit. These ecclesiastical structures serve as a conceptual framework which the ongoing series of Périgord Construction of Vision Drawings has emerged from. Rather than literal representation, this series engages with what Rabinowitch has grasped or been altered by his experience in the Périgord.
The Périgord works create an arena in which content and form are conflated. At the outset, the drawings are coated to varying degrees with layers of beeswax. Upon this ground, Rabinowitch uses an indirect process of material application in which color pigment, oil stick, linseed oil, and wax are applied to hand cut templates made uniquely for each work, and pressed onto the surface of the paper. By building up each work in this way, the forms move freely in relation to one another without subordinating themselves to an overall image, surface, or unity of composition. Instead, what their similarities and differences construct is the very process of perception—the construction of vision.all images © the gallery and the artist(s)