International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2015

Abdelkader Benchamma, Representation of Dark Matter

The Drawing Center, New York (USA)

10.04 - 28.06.2015

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Abdelkader Benchamma, Representation of Dark Matter, The Drawing Center, New York

Press Release

Each year an artist will be invited to create a site-specific wall drawing in The Drawing Center’s main stairwell. The Center commences this series in April 2015 with a commission by contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchamma (b. 1975, Mazamet, France), curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow, Adjunct Assistant Curator.

Exhibition 10 April - 28 June 2015. The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street – New York, NY 10013 (USA). Tel. : +1 212 219 2166. Hours : Wednesday 12-6pm, Thursday 12-8pm, Friday-Sunday 12-6pm (closed on Monday & Tuesday).



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For his first U.S. museum presentation, Abdelkader Benchamma will create an astronomical vortex in the strikingly graphic large-scale drawing, Representation of Dark Matter, 2015. Comprised of a series of linear abstractions and nebulous, inkblot forms the work is a highly articulated depiction of the complexity of the solar system and its nearly imperceptible dark matter. The image’s swirling masses of lines are intricately rendered to resemble scientific illustrations of the Big Bang and explosive cosmic forces. Benchamma’s monochromatic use of such drawing tools as black felt-tip pens, India ink, and charcoal against the gallery wall’s pristine surface will result in a subtle array of tones and textures that straddles the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. As an occult mapping of time and space, this immersive installation gives form to that which is infinitely large and perpetually transforming.