The Drawing Center exists as an aid to the connection of art with its ancestors. The space’s hard wood flooring and central Romanesque columns create a room that feels much more monumental then is possible for Wooster Street. This meditative center lowers your voice and dilates your pupils to best observe of the delicate work of pencil and ink on paper.
The artists exhibited have chosen a powerful medium requiring an academic technique that unites all great craftsmen of art’s past. In a city that promotes success through electrical plugs and sockets, the drawing center has anchored itself in art’s infancy, when pencil, ink, paper and the instinctual talent of an individual were the only required tools.
The Drawing Center is the perfect place for Mexican artist Dr. Larka to debut his raw, impulsive work to New York. The work explores the inter-stirrings of humanity’s primal urges. He then manifests these impulses as ink drawings similar in style to traditional tattooing and early cartooning. The sketchy, unpolished work is assisted by the medium allowing it to hang as a complete thought. The ink and tracing paper allow Dr. Larka to record his visions more accurately then one might assume when looking at the crowded collage of faces and bodies. The quick movements of the arm and trusting use of black ink and white paper utilized by Dr. Larka are translated poetically as an unedited stream of consciousness for the viewer to pore over. Each drawn object offering itself as a piece of another object makes these compositions puzzling, however, the final map of Dr. Larka’s channeled impulses offers the viewer something to connect and converse with. Sketch 6, immediately grasping because of the wide exposing mouth and woman whose breasts are deserving of a permanent spot on any sailor’s body, when closely indulged reveals a spectrum of emotions that are gently drawn but heavily felt. The work is held in balance by the duality of a soft medium and a rich subject matter.
When visiting the Drawing Center and observing the visual expressions of artist, Dr. Larka, it is important to digest the experience slowly and fully. What might appear as elementary and expired is in fact crucial to the New York art circuit, which surges with a constant desire to evolve using all the new media one can imagine.