K.OSS Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Fieldwork”, a solo exhibition by Michigan artist Larry Cressman. The show consists of several large-scale installations and framed works. His work is compromised of the patient accumulation of hundreds of sticks and twigs in intricate patterns that both delight and defy the viewer’s eye. Line operates as both language and object in his work and continues to be the driving force within his practice. Cressman’s work has evolved considerably through his exploration of drawing as a three-dimensional form of expression.
Living and working in Michigan, Cressman has developed an acute understanding of the landscape over the years. His non-traditional drawings are inspired by observations of the linear patterns found during the winter season when heavy snowfall creates stark contrasts across the entire state; dark branches casting shadows over the winter snow. His drawings are constructed using raspberry cane, dogbane, and dried daylily stalks. Cressman lets the gestural qualities of these found natural materials to take precedence in the work.
Site-specific projects have interested him throughout his career. There is a delight to see the relationship between these natural materials and the architecture of each gallery space. The “drawings” tend to transform the space, and this harmony allows the viewer to concentrate on the beauty of the material itself.
The work is expansive and at the same time deceptively simple – it allows the viewer to experience line and nature in a space for the first time. This act of discovering adds a level of magic and joy, rarely experienced in more conservative abstract work.
Cressman graduated with an MFA in drawing and printmaking from the University of Michigan. He has exhibited his works across the United States and Europe and his installations have been included in shows at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art , Dennos Museum, Richard M. Ross Museum, Target Gallery of the Torpedo Factory, Carnegie Mellon University, Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Eastern Michigan University, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and Chelsea River Gallery as well as many other venues.
The exhibition will be on view from November 2nd through December 29th, 2018.
K.OSS CONTEMPORARY ART
K.OSS Contemporary Art has been made possible in part by the Artist Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts