New works on paper by Joseph Stashkevetch.
Stashkevetch’s large-scale drawings are rendered in subtle shifts of monochrome black and white. Executed in conte-crayon on sanded-down rag paper, his works possess a velvety texture that is both implied and real.
For his new series Plenty, the artist created two separate bodies of work that contradict and complement one another at once. In the main gallery, Stashkevetch’s virtuosic renderings of a tire-dump, rubbish piles and garbage scavengers serve as proxies for the rampant consumerism that leads to environmental degradation. A group of works installed in the second gallery elegantly depicts water currents, rocks, and blossoms. These works are restorative and impart faith in the infinite eternity of the natural world.
Born in the United States, Joseph Stashkevetch studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe and appears in many public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Dallas Museum of Art. This is his second solo exhibition with Von Lintel Gallery.