Drew Conrad is Clocktower's artist-in-residence for the month of August 2014 at Pioneer Works. Midway through his residency, he took a break from his ever-changing fabrication to chat with host Jeannie Hopper about his printmaking degree, craft elements, and his do-or-die transition to large-scale free standing sculptures. Jeannie and Drew talk about how nostalgia and Southern Americana pervades these works, begging viewers to construct their own narrative. The artist gives his take on dreams and memories as well as insight into the works' deterioration.
Pioneer Works Center for Art & Innovation
Curated by Beatrice Johnson, Alanna Heiss
During his Clocktower residency at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Drew Conrad creates a free standing, large scale, sculptural ruin incorporating elements of highway billboards, tourist traps, directional markers, and roadside attractions. The artist's work will be presented at the August 10th Second Sunday event at Pioneer Works.
Drew Conrad's studio is located on the third floor of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, just a few steps from the Clocktower Radio studios. His project expands beyond his typical focus on derelict, domestic spaces, and into an exploration of exteriors. Using signage familiar to any traveller who has wandered down seemingly endless highways, as well as new materials that undergo a process of aging and deterioration by hand, Conrad touches on themes of memory, history, time and place. The sculpture is part of a new investigative body of work, leading into his upcoming solo show at Fitzroy Gallery in New York.
Born in 1979 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Conrad received his BFA from the University of Georgia and his MFA from Parsons School of Design in 2005. In 2012, he was awarded the MacDowell Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2014. He has had solo exhibitions at Fitzroy Gallery, New York (2012) and Get This! Gallery, Atlanta (2013), and group exhibitions in The House of the Seven Gables at the University Galleries of Illinois State University and in Second Life at The Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts. His work has been featured in such publications as Burnaway, Art in America, Bad At Sports, and TimeOutNY.
June 14 - August 31, 2014
Curated by Joey Yates
Member Reception: Friday, June 13, 7-9pm
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) presents Second Life- the Summer exhibition featuring taxidermy and other uses of the vestiges of animate beings.
Featured artists: Jennifer Angus, John James Audubon, Bigert & Bergström, Drew Conrad, Mitch Eckert, Carlee Fernandez, Charles Fréger, Adam Fuss, Kay Polson Grubola, Edward Hart, Laura A. Hartford, Jochem Hendricks, Damien Hirst, Jacob Heustis, Lonnie Holley, Jessica Joslin, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, Vladimir Peric, Rosalie Rosenthal, Andrea Stanislav, Turner + Guyon, Meyer Vaisman.
Drew Conrad reviewed in The Emory Wheel
Drew Conrad's exhibition "Backwater Blues" at Get This Gallery reviewed in Burnaway Magazine!
Drew Conrad interviewed for Burnaway's "Lunches With Artists! Burnaway's Lunches With Artists: Gyun Hur and Drew Conrad!
Drew Conrad's solo exhibition Backwater Blues will open at Get This! Gallery in Atlanta on August 24.
Drew Conrad's Debris No. 1 (Crosby Stills and Nash) in the Art Papers Art Auction, reviewed by Creative Loafing 10 Things We Want from the Art Paper Auction
Drew Conrad's Ain't Dead Yet in Art in America's The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won't Want to Miss
Drew Conrad current exhibition, "Ain't Dead Yet", will be part of the Lower East Side Art Gallery Tour featured in Timeout Magazine.
Fitzroy Gallery is pleased to announce that Drew Conrad's work will be included in the exhibition based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The House of the Seven Gables.
The House of the Seven Gables will be on view February 23 through April 7, 2013 at University Galleries of Illinois State University.
Fitzroy Gallery congratulates Drew Conrad on his residency at the prestigious MacDowell Colony.
House:Home at New York University's Kimmel Galleries
Curated by Pam Jean Tinnen and Laura Higgins
June 28 – August 10, 2012
Esther Pearl Watson