Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Josh Drews

By Judit Trunkos

ART + Cayce’s new exhibition presents monotypes by printmaker Josh Drews.


Drews, a South Carolina native, is an art teacher who specializes in monotyping, a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The technique produces one unique print, or monotype, and because most of the ink is removed during the initial pressing it is not designed to produce multiple prints.

Drews says the technique allows him to be very expressive with mark-making and color.  After printing the initial product, he refines the marks, adding details and other special features, allowing the piece to emerge into the final product.



“Creating monotypes provides a sense of freedom that I have yet to find in any other medium,” he says. “I love creating an interaction between rendered subjects and expressive backgrounds.”



As a child, Drews would spend hours sketching characters, creating his own comics, and drawing everything from cowboys, to dinosaurs, to robots and superheroes. His passion for action figures and powerful images followed him to art school. After graduating from Winthrop University with a BFA in General Studio Art, he was offered the opportunity to teach visual arts at Spring Valley High School.

Drews’ works project a lot of energy and movement. The dynamic prints make the room become alive and energize the environment. The print titled “AXEhammer2” symbolizes Drews’ style and energy.  It is powerful and projects strength as well as a little loss of control. The colors further highlight the dynamics of the image, emphasizing the passing moment and spontaneity.


Similarly to Kandinsky, Drews uses colors with the intensity of harsh sounds creating the effect of background noises. In the case of “AXEhammer 2,” for instance, the light blue, burgundy and red colors seem to indicate the sound of the hammer striking on an object creating a flat sound. The dynamics of the hammer and the background thus working together to ultimately produce the final image and its soundtrack.

The gallery opening is Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6-8 pm and the artist will answer question about his artistic process and production from 7:00 p.m. The show will run through March 18th opening a new year of art in the City of Cayce.


By Judit Trunkos
ART + Cayce’s new exhibition presents monotypes by printmaker Josh Drews. Drews, a South Carolina native, is an art teacher who specializes in monotyping, a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The technique produces one unique print, or monotype, and because most of the ink is removed during the initial pressing it is not designed to produce multiple prints. Drews says the technique allows him to be very expressive with mark-making and color.  After printing the initial product, he refines the marks, adding details and other special features, allowing the piece to emerge into the final product. â€œCreating monotypes provides a sense of freedom that I have yet to find in any other medium,” he says. “I love creating an interaction between rendered subjects and expressive backgrounds.”  As a child, Drews would spend hours sketching characters, creating his own comics, and drawing everything from cowboys, to dinosaurs, to robots and superheroes. His passion for action figures and powerful images followed him to art school. After graduating from Winthrop University with a BFA in General Studio Art, he was offered the opportunity to teach visual arts at Spring Valley High School. Drews’ works project a lot of energy and movement. The dynamic prints make the room become alive and energize the environment. The print titled “AXEhammer2” symbolizes Drews’ style and energy.  It is powerful and projects strength as well as a little loss of control. The colors further highlight the dynamics of the image, emphasizing the passing moment and spontaneity.Similarly to Kandinsky, Drews uses colors with the intensity of harsh sounds creating the effect of background noises. In the case of “AXEhammer 2,” for instance, the light blue, burgundy and red colors seem to indicate the sound of the hammer striking on an object creating a flat sound. The dynamics of the hammer and the background thus working together to ultimately produce the final image and its soundtrack.
The gallery opening is Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6-8 pm and the artist will answer question about his artistic process and production from 7:00 p.m. The show will run through March 18th opening a new year of art in the City of Cayce.

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