Phyllis Bramson: Virus Lockdown Drawings

Opening: Friday, Dec 11, 2020 4 – 7 pm
Thursday, Dec 10, 2020 – Jan 16, 2021

325 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60654

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The Virus Lockdown Drawings were done away from my studio and in my house.  I set up a small studio which took over our family room making it a big mess. I worked on these drawings from March 29th until June 13th. Collaging images from ads and articles from ARTFORUM (that I had never opened) was a jumping off point for these drawings. Using a portfolio of 16 x 13 inch drawing paper, there was a lot of collaging, gluing, use of watercolor, chalk, spray paint, and pencil.

What was of interest is I normally do not work in a sketchbook as I use spontaneous improvisation when I make my work. On a smaller scale, things became so much more direct than they do when I am painting in the studio. Have these drawings affected my work now that I am back in the studio…maybe a little! However, in many ways, don’t we all still feel like we are in lockdown?

​- Phyllis Bramson, 2020