Three artists come together for an exhibition featuring methods in contemporary drawing at Brick City Gallery. Transcending Voids weaves together work by Winnie Truong, Eric Beltz, and Joel Daniel Phillips. The exhibition is on view September 1–October 7 and is open for First Friday Art Walk September 2 and October 7 from 6–9 p.m.
As Director of Exhibitions Jodi McCoy explains, many works in the exhibition take drawing beyond its traditional roots, “The practice of contemporary drawing is evolving into the digital realm. Artists like Winnie Truong are bringing their drawings to life through stop-motion animation. Joel Daniel Phillips is also working in the digital world through the digitization of his drawings that are then looped into a video file that plays as part the physical drawing installation.” Works are intermixed throughout both the east and west sides of the gallery, allowing visitors to experience each individual artist’s work through a collective experience. “There are moments where one artist’s work will dominate the visual amongst the others, but as a whole it’s a very holistic layout,” Jodi adds.
Through the common thread of contemporary drawing, each artist brings variety to the exhibition through their own distinctive practices:
- Winnie Truong is a Toronto-based artist working with drawing and animation techniques to explore ideas of feminism, fantasy, and identity. Her stop-motion works convert drawing to a digital platform.
- Eric Beltz is an artist from California working in the focused medium of charcoal on Bristol paper. His incredibly detailed works act as visual commentary on a variety of topics.
- Joel Daniel Phillips is an American artist creating hyper-realistic drawings that confront viewers with the concept of truth. The smaller scale of his work featured in Transcending Voids invites viewers to look closely at each drawing’s narrative.
Slow Viewing for Transcending Voids will take place September 26 from 6–7 p.m., focusing on California Condor by Eric Beltz.
Brick City Gallery is located at 215 W. Mill Street, Springfield, MO 65806. The gallery can be visited Monday–Friday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 417-837-2330 for additional details.
Taylor Ladd is a graduate assistant for the Department of Art + Design. She is working towards her master’s degree in writing at Missouri State University with professional interests in writing about art, culture, and food.