David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein - The Quickening Image

David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein - The Quickening Image

April 12 - May 27, 2017
Reception: May 5, 2017 from 6-8pm during the Book Hill Spring Art Walk.

Maurine Littleton Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “The Quickening Image.” The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein chronicles a new way to draw: Wax-resist drawing is a layered, large-scale, mixed-media approach that utilizes wax as a resist for subsequent ink and charcoal washes. It incorporates both wet and dry materials, as well as linear and painterly elements. The process allows for carefully rendered passages alongside more spontaneous and chaotic applications.

The Quickening Image is also the story of a 20+ year collaboration: David Lewis began using paraffin wax in large-scale works in the mid 1980s. By the early 1990s, Lewis was offering workshops in his wax-resist process, including at the University of Richmond, where drawing professor Ephraim Rubenstein first observed it. The two have since promoted the process through their exhibitions, writings, and teaching.

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David Dodge Lewis- Rope #12

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Ephraim Rubenstein- Paestum I