Open July 22 – August 22
Art Gym Gallery is excited to exhibit Silent Worlds, a new installation by Drew Austin, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 22 from 5-8PM. In addition to the installation, Drew has created collaborative screenprints with Art Gym for sale through the Art Gym online shop. We are also honored to host a hands-on sculptural workshop with Drew Austin, Wednesday, August 18 from 4-6PM.
Quoting Drew Austin “This installation invites viewers into a formal gallery space turned domestic environment, where signs of inhabitation are felt and life seems present, flourishing in its solitude.
“Within this environment, evidence of human life (or perhaps now the lack thereof) is seen as you wander the layout: a stack of unfinished projects piled in the corner, overgrown plants that beg to be tended to from the shelf, a light that was left on. Half completed research is left open and the radio from the study seems to leak into every room slightly. A stack of books sits awry on the floor, ready to be dug into, marked up, researched more.
“There is a relationship between the objects within the space; much like a room of plants, you can tell the cabinets have had time to converse with one another. The lamp that provided light to read by now casts motherly warmth for a new species while giving a nurturing sun-like radiance for growth at its source as well. Small plants form together in strings as they swirl around a bird, trapped in time, a relic of a distant place, recreated by a local artisan, or perhaps not.
“While human activity appears to be at rest, the plants continue to flourish, creating their own type of photosynthesis, putting out refraction rather than oxygen, producing something of wonder from something we take for granted each day: light.
“This work, composed of artist-made sculptures and found object assemblage, with accompanying sound from artist and composer Nathan Hall, creates a still place that is ever-changing, moving slowly before your eyes, often magnificent, though perhaps sometimes at rest.”
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
The Martian Chronicles, There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
Life on Earth by David Attenborough
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
Drew Austin (b.1996) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Denver, CO.
Often created in response to a specific place, a found object or material, or a small idea, Austin’s work is created as a visual representation of things that often go unnoticed or are seldom thought about in connection to our physical world. He uses abstraction as a means to create visual representations of the cosmos, quantum events, and biological forms as he understands them in relation to the rest of the universe.
Portrayed primarily through painting, sculpture, and light-based installation, Austin’s work functions as a conduit for understanding and comprehension of everyday things both large and small in a human-dominated world.
He graduated as valedictorian with his BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in 2017. Originally from Great Falls, MT, Austin now resides in Denver with his husband Aaron and their dog Sadie.