2 April – 7 May, 2010
Pierogi is pleased to present new work by Dawn Clements at The Boiler. Clements, whose panoramic drawing of a film interior is currently on view in the Whitney Biennial 2010, has taken on a monumental drawing at The Boiler that won’t be finished until the day of the opening. As is typical with Clements’ work, she will not know the final size of the drawing until it is completed, but it will be in the range of 14 x 25 feet and will be approximately 1:1 scale to the actual boiler in the space. Clements’ endeavor to draw what’s around her often draws her into very large-scale work; the first work I saw 10 years ago was a 78-foot long drawing done during a residency in Middlebury, VT. Her work usually develops in a serendipitous way—she responds to what she sees and doesn’t know the end point until she reaches it. She may begin working on a very modest scale but the work often ends upmany times larger as she glues pieces of paper to the edges of the working drawing where she decides to continue drawing. The wrinkles and tears that develop as a result of her process are the record of a very active, performative drawing practice. These marks and wrinkles are important elements of her work and that record will be in the Boiler drawing, as well as the dirt and dust from the cement floor as she drags it around the space to find optimal drawing points.