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Neil Powell: Read Between the Lines

  Mouse Rides  | 2018 | 30.5 x 25 x 2 | Book Covers on Binder’s Board

Mouse Rides | 2018 | 30.5 x 25 x 2 | Book Covers on Binder’s Board

The Drawing Room Gallery is pleased to present, Read Between the Lines, a solo exhibit of works by Neil Powell. This exhibition is on view at The Drawing Room Gallery at 5 Suburban Avenue, Cos Cob, CT and opens on September 22nd, coinciding with an Opening Reception & Artist Talk that same day, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Neil's life-long obsession with old books led to his discovery of them as a unique art medium. Most of the books used in his art are damaged, tattered and torn, discarded and banished to the $1 shelf or garage bin. Neil, however, sees these books as little gems. Many have covers that were created with production processes that are no longer in practice. Most carry a heavy patina from all those years passing through multiple owner’s hands. In some ways, Neil sees his art as a way to rescue these books from destruction, giving them a second life in a different context to a new audience. Conceptually, his work explores new social, cultural, and political narratives through themes of relatedness and identity. By juxtaposing the new and the old—new art from old book covers—voices across time speak to one another, thereby opening avenues toward meaning. He encourages the visitor to enter a disparate world of language, typography, and illustration styles that captures the eye and demands it to move back and forth among layers looking for signals, signs and clues. He aims for his art to culminate in a visual treatise on the recycling and renewal of popular culture. Neil lives and works in Brooklyn and The Catskill Mountains.

Read Between the Lines runs opens on September 22nd, 2018. The Drawing Room is located on the corner of 220 East Putnam Avenue and 5 Suburban Avenue, in Cos Cob, CT and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am-5pm.

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Earlier Event: September 30
Cameron Schmitz | Propelling Wonder