The show features Downen’s recent 8 X 10 inches drawings, executed in plaster, lapis lazuli and gold leaf — nearly forty works in all. This new body of work expands the artist’s renowned exploration of human spatial experience and the contemplative value of architectural form. Each piece depicts a moment in which new space emerges or where fragmented structure moves toward balance.
If conventions of draftsmanship are questioned, the project of depiction remains clear throughout her new work: the artist offers limpid views of spatial tension and structural interruption, where tectonic fragments tend toward the renewal of balance, the recovery of horizon, and the restoration of equilibrium. This meticulous investigation of built passages and their visibility offers us an opportunity to rethink the sharing of space, and to consider the spatial character of contemplation itself.