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Dateline Brooklyn

By Stephen Maine

January 2006


Another group show, “Selected Drawings” at Klaus von Nichtssagend on Union Avenue, includes two works based on the eccentric but unmistakable shape of a laminated-plywood, grade school desktop by David Scanavino. (The RISD- and Yale-trained artist also co-curated “Neo-Con,” seen last April at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.) The drawings made me think of Myron Stout, but gallery information has it that the artist has Robert Moskowitz in mind. In any case, Desk with Scribbles and, especially, Fluorescent Light Desk are beautiful. Figure-ground relationships and ultra-subtle coloration are among the chief attractions of these works, which involve matte acrylic, colored pencils, graphite and beeswax.

Hanging in the gallery’s back office is what amounts to a second show of drawings by gallery regulars, including a stylishly grotesque, bulging greenish mass of pretty entrails by KVN co-founder Matthew Chase, and a carbon-paper transfer drawing on orange paper of a surfer catching a wave, by Pali Kashi. (The artist’s very strong solo outing was seen here last April.) “Selected Drawings” remains on view though Jan. 15, 2006; the drawings in the office are subject to rotation. Throughout the gallery, prices are pegged for the beginning collector.