(718): A Bridge to Brooklyn
An area code signifies one's location. In the New York City region, 718 also indicates one's position in relation to Manhattan-just across the East River in Brooklyn. In the past, a person did not necessarily want to reveal their status as one who travels by bridge and/or tunnel to reach Manhattan. Recently, however, the greater Brooklyn area has begun to receive its much overdue notice as a vibrant arts community and not simply one of the lesser boroughs, populated by fiscally-challenged artists. New York, with Brooklyn as a main destination, continues to be a magnet for Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni to start their post-graduate art careers. (718): A Bridge to Brooklyn showcases eleven graduates from the painting and sculpture departments from the last ten years who live and/or work within this thriving area.
Jesse Lopez's large scale pencil drawings are lyrical and sensual images. They express a personal introspection presented with a surrealistic rawness. The origin of Untitled (2002), created for this exhibition, comes from a dream he had after a long period of self-reflection and questioning about new directions for his work.
Copyright © 2000 Jesse Lopez