Artist Leonardo Drew is known for "his dynamic large-scale sculptural installations, which incorporate created, manipulated and found materials such as paper, wood, tree branches and roots, rust and mud" (from press release). Drew does not disappoint with his current show at Sikkema Jenkins. For the exhibit, Drew, who attended Parsons and received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 1985, created massive installations and sculptures that impress not only with their size and volume, but also with their detail and meticulous construction. Many of the pieces resemble ancient artifacts and/or some sort of freak of nature/natural oddity. Drew's elegant, large-scale, abstract structures definitely serve as a good argument for sustainable art.
Also on view in Sikkema Jenkins' Backspace are three large-scale photographs from Vik Muniz's "Pictures of Junk" series. Muniz used discarded materials like bottlecaps, springs, nuts, bolts, pebbles, and much, much more to create "these images based on 18th and 19th century anatomical studies of human skeletons." Again, Muniz's works amaze not only because of their scale, but also because the three skeletons are so perfectly and beautifully composed from a bunch of junk! The Brazilian-born Muniz currently divides his time between Brazil and Brooklyn.