Existed: Leonardo Drew

9 Comments 14 Feb, 2010

Here’s something I’ve been looking forward to for months. Thanks in large part to our neighbor Heather and the kind staff of the Weatherspoon Art Museum we gained access to the inner workings of the art installation process and were able to interview Leo in our kitchen.

This was a collaborative effort as part of our new collective, MWP,  shot together with Mark Wagoner Productions.

I’m sure it wasn’t easy having 3 camera operators in the museum with the constant clicking of shutters bouncing off the clean white walls and a dolly moving all about the place.  So,  I want to thank Xandra (curator of exhibits) for her patience along with the rest of the staff who do some pretty amazing work.

The exhibit is a survey of Leo’s work over the past 20 years with pieces on loan from all over the country.

This is something you shouldn’t miss.

Praise for Leonardo Drew:

In the second gallery, Leonardo Drew is showing new rust-covered reliefs and sculptures that, despite their look of neglect and decay, are overworked. Time hangs heavily, and theatrically, on these pieces. One, a series of distressed glass and wood boxes, each containing a little bit of detritus, suggests reliquaries.

The largest piece, more characteristic of Mr. Drew’s work, is a wall-size relief whose small compartments are packed with paper, small objects or closed off with little squares of fabric or colored-paper collages. Toward the work’s center, one box contains a carved, gargoyle-like face.

These works are so seductive as to be manipulative, part of the manipulation being that it is hard to tell if Mr. Drew’s rich patinas are the result of artistic intention or time’s inexorable march. In the end, one leans toward artistic intention, which then implies a toxic level of artifice. It’s like looking at a stage set whose effects are meant to be read from a distance and thus seem overwrought when viewed more closely.

Roberta Smith, The New York Times



harvey - who has written 186 posts on Monkeywhale Productions
Harvey K. Robinson is the cinematographer, editor, and director at Monkeywhale Productions. Originally from Derby, England he now resides in Greensboro, NC where he began a web series documenting musicians and artists from all over the country. Recipient of the 2009 HearNC "Marks, Stern and Thomas Award," winner of the 2010 48 Hour Film Festival Greensboro, and Betty Cone Medal of the Arts Nominee for 2011, his work has appeared as featured videos on Paste Magazine, E!News, and Aol spinner. Harvey’s commercial work has garnered 2 silver Addy awards in the past 2 years. With a background in Directing at NC School of the Arts and many years spent as a professional actor, Harvey brings a multi-disciplinary approach to each new creative endeavor whether it be a short film, music video, documentary, or commercial.
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9 Comments so far

  1. Sculptor, Leonardo Drew documented during the installation of his work. #sculpture #art #video

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  2. Excellent job on this Harvey. Very interesting camera work and editing.

  3. very nice, harvey!!

  4. Today at the Weatherspoon I saw a great @monkeywhale short film on artist Leondardo Drew.

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  5. Beautiful work.

  6. Incredible Composition Harvey! One of your best I should think.



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