Swimmers, 2011 | color pencils on canvas, 11 x 14 in.
Cremata Gallery proudly presents ” DEMI: Drawings”. This exhibition will present 35 works on paper and five sculptures by the well-known artist DEMI. This is one of the few times that the artist will exhibit her works on paper, which is a part of her work that has not been shown as often as her well known paintings.
DEMI’s works on paper exemplifies the possibilities of the medium on her own terms. With color pencils, various pens, watercolor, acrylic and ink, DEMI’s lines move across the paper from the subtle and delicate to the harsh and strong. These works are composed in an open and flexible manner, in them drawing becomes an adventure without dogmas whose lyricism and freedom reminds us of the best of Paul Klee.
Mother and DEMI, 2011 | acrylic on paper, 14 x 11 in.
DEMI’s drawings are what drawings are to all artists, a different way of thinking about the transcription of experience and knowledge into form. Drawing is distinguished from painting because it is a more direct transcription of an idea into form. The various modes of expression through drawing allow a freedom that the demands of painting withhold. In some of DEMI’s drawings, the images are light, almost tentative, in others, the images appear strong and emphatic. This aesthetic diversity is part of what the medium affords the artist: drawing can be whatever the artist wants it to be or whatever the image, the idea, the paper, and the drawing materials inspire the artist to create.
DEMI’s drawings are captivating as unique entities that record her artistic process and as maps indicating directions she may take. They are becoming of increasing importance for her work, and they indicate a new way for her future creative path.
Angel Cake, 2012 | sculpture, mixed media, 22 x 13 in.
DEMI’s work is highly acclaimed and has been widely exhibited and published.
She has been represented in group and solo exhibitions for more than 25 years, and often uses her work as a forum to raise awareness for children’s rights. Since1998, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has been collecting DEMI’s primary records (correspondence, notebooks, drawings, photographs, catalogues).
In 2009, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, personally invited DEMI to display one of her works in the U.S. Embassy residence in the Vatican City.
One of her paintings, "Two Artists and Their Children of Their Imagination", will be on view for two and a half years as part of the prestigious Art in Embassies program. Established in 1963, the U.S. Department of State’s office of ART in Embassies plays a vital role in our nation’s public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission, creating temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, artist and cultural exchange programming, and publications.
DEMI’s biography, artist statement and images of her paintings have just been included in the prestigious Feminist Art Base of the Brooklyn Museum Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, together with renowned women artists as Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pilar Albarracin, Sara Charlesworth and Andrea Bowers
DEMI’s works are featured in many public and private collections worldwide and have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in Switzerland, France, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States. DEMI’s works are featured in many public and private collections worldwide and have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in Switzerland, France, Panama, Puerto Rico and the United States.
DEMI was just accepted to the Brooklyn Museum prestigious Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art:
Feminist Art Base http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/demi.php
Video / Nuevo Herald review--http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2012/02/26/1135028/los-ninos-asombrados-de-demi-en.html
MAR 16, 2012 through APR 20, 2012 | Reception: FRIDAY, MARCH 16 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM