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Joel Sokolov and Hugh Williams

Kentler International Drawing Center
353 Van Brunt Street, between Wolcott & Dikeman, 718-875-2098
Brooklyn Misc.
February 6 - March 22, 2009
Reception: Friday, February 6, 6 - 8 PM
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Two one-person shows are delineated by the front and backspace galleries.

A native New Yorker, JOEL SOKOLOV has lived on the island of Hawaii since 2001, working continuously on a garden in the lava beds and creating works on paper that stem from the charged tropical environment that now surrounds him.

It is as if all of his forms are infused with what the philosopher Henri Bergson called an élan vital, a vital force that impels all living organisms, even evolution itself. -Sara Lynn Henry

HUGH WILLIAMS is a senior artist/retired teacher, living and working in his native Alabama. His rough-hewn steel drawings are tinged with humor and poignancy. Ranging in size from 3 to 6’, Williams weaves found rural fencing, barbed wire, chicken-coop wire, springs and hay baling wire to form exuberant drawings in space.

Old fence wire along roadsides attracted Williams’s attention as he drove to and from town or worked on his property. “The color and the corrosion caught my eye,” he explains. “There was something about the way the wires were coming out of the land, reaching out of it, that I couldn’t resist.” -Dr. Lee A. Gray

Each exhibition is accompanied with a brochure with essays by Sara Lynn Henry and Dr. Lee A. Gray
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