Sep 15, 2006–Jan 7, 2007
Installation view of Mark Grotjahn (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 15, 2006–January 7, 2007). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Conceived for this exhibition, Mark Grotjahn's cycle of "perspective drawings" pulls the viewer into a dynamic interplay between the large-scale works and the gallery space. A sense of space is evoked by the drawings' multiple vanishing points, a convention used since the Renaissance to create the illusion of depth and volume. These perspectival referents both create the structure for and become the subject of Grotjahn's art. The works' formal organization finds a counterpoint in the modulations of color that play against the vanishing points to create vibrant, three-dimensional surfaces.