Small Scale Abstraction

Corey Drieth

November 7, 2008 – November 29, 2008

Using gouache on wood panel, Corey Drieth creates a visual dialogue between painted surface and wood substrate that expresses contemplative spiritual experience, as inspired by the natural world, art history, and religious traditions of Zen Buddhism and Quaker Christianity. With a careful balance of line, color, and texture, Drieth’s work depicts an illusion of light and space unique in contemporary abstract works.

A former adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia, Drieth returns to Charlottesville for this solo show. Using gouache on wood panel, Drieth creates a visual dialogue between painted surface and wood substrate that expresses contemplative spiritual experience. The small-scale works belong with the tradition of non-representational abstraction.

He describes his work as inspired by the natural world, art history, and religious traditions of Zen Buddhism and Quaker Christianity.  With a careful balance of line, color and texture, the works depict an illusion of light and space unique in contemporary abstract works.

Corey Drieth currently teaches at Colorado State University in Colorado Springs, CO, where he received a BFA in Pottery and a BA in Religious Studies. He has an MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill. His work has been exhibited across the U.S., including recent shows at the McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, and the San Francisco Studio School.

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