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Mark Grotjahn

Sept 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

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.