Thursday May 29, 2014 | by Paulina Switniewska

On heels of Norway residency, John Drury opens Brooklyn exhibition

Elgin Gallery, a gallery focusing on local talent and international Outsider Art in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, will be showcasing the work of John Drury in a solo show entitled "My World is Not Your World." Opening June 13th and running through July 11th, 2014, the exhibiton will be a departure from Drury's typical collaborations with Robbie Miller in the project known as CUD. In May, CUD completed a residency and exhibition in Bergen, Norway, that culminated in a public art installation. Drury is also a frequent contributor to GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly.

Drury, whose experience includes years spent on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, regular appearances at Pilchuck, as well as a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, merges his considerable glass skills with community projects often involving found objects. His newest exhibition, as he explains, will be “exposing endemic irony and inequalities in a rapidly changing terrain of privatized education, employment, housing and banking.” The exhibition will also feature the work of the self-taught artist Ionel Talpazan, known in Outsider Art circles. Each artist will bring a unique voice and individuality to the Elgin Gallery space and will be present for the opening reception on Friday, June 13th, 2014, from 6:30 - 9 PM.

Drury has also recently completed an artist’s residency with CUD at the artist-run exhibition space S12 in Bergen, Norway. CUD incorporates anything the artists can get their hands on, including old jars, glass bottles, jugs, glass pieces, and the like to create various art forms. As part of the Norway residency, CUD created a public artwork consisiting of an exterior wall mosaic of a shoe (as well as other shoe-themed works) created by Drury, Miller, and members of the local community. The project is called “Sålebrødre”, or "Solebrothers" in English. The neighborhood of the S12 space is known as a shoe cobblers zone, which, along with a 100-year-old child’s shoe found in a fellow artist’s house during renovations, drew Drury and company to adopt the shoe (Sko) as a theme for their public artwork. The works bring the shoe cobbler's street to life, illustrating its history in shoemaking.

 

IF YOU GO:

My World Is Not Your World
Friday, June 13th, 2014-July 11th, 2014.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 13th  6:30-9 P.M.
Elgin Gallery
52 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Entrance on Park Avenue).
Website
Tel: 917.439.1460

GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.