A+D Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Greg Drasler, "The Painted Line"


painting of an old fashioned truck, bright red with a gold canvas top and viewed from behind, with a large rock in its bed. It is driverless but points toward a fancifully painted landscape with blue and rose plaid sky and a polka dotted landscape.
Greg Drasler, Prospector, 2021. Oil on canvas. Gift of the artist. 2019-29-1 © Greg Drasler
Mar 30, 2023 - 5:30 pm
Lower Level, Auditorium (KAM 62)
Sponsored by the School of Art and Design Visitors Committee

Join us for the Spring 2023 Distinguished Alumni Lecture by painter Greg Drasler, presenting "The Painted Line." A reception in the Link Gallery follows.

About Greg Drasler

Greg Drasler earned both his BFA and MFA from the School of Art & Design at Illinois; he lives and works in New York City. Drasler's paintings have been the subject of sixteen one-person exhibitions and included in over thirty group shows. He was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, and moved to New York in 1983 after receiving an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The first exhibition of his paintings was in the first On View at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1983, followed by Other Man: Alternative Views of Masculinity in 1987, both curated by Marcia Tucker.

Metaphorical depictions of construction sites and workers evolved in his work as accumulations of tools and objects populated his paintings that addressed the constructions of identity. Crowds of men in hats along with the Baggage Paintings contained humor, nostalgia, and memory in ongoing assemblies of selves. Drasler began describing his painting process as packing and repacking an empty suitcase or painting the inside out. These works were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the R.C. Erpf Gallery, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Artist Space, New York; and the Whitney Museum in Stamford, Connecticut, among others.

With the support of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1991 followed by a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993, Drasler began Cave Paintings. Through depictions of elaborately constructed interiors, paintings concentrating on refuge were posed as asylums or containers for a self. The Queens Museum of Art first presented Cave Paintings in 1994, followed by exhibitions in Boston, Seattle, and New York.

Drasler joined the Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York in 2007. His recent exhibition On the Lam traced his references from film production apparatus into auto interiors as places of independence, seclusion, and screening. He characterized these paintings as “packed like luggage, appointed like rooms and driven like automobiles.” His current work Road House, with the support of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship followed by a Pollock Krasner grant in 2019, continues the use of assembly procedures in constructing patterned panoramas. Cloud computations above planes of vivid crazy-quilt terrains contain structures suggesting vernacular American roadhouses as places between here and there.

Drasler’s essay “Painting into a Corner: Representation as Shelter” was published in The Vitality of Objects: Exploring the Work of Christopher Bollas, edited by Joseph Scalia (Continuum Press, London; Wesleyan Press, 2002) and was followed by a collaboration with poet Timothy Liu titled Plolytheogamy (Philadelphia: Saturnalia Press, 2009). Drasler has taught and lectured at schools, including Princeton University, Pratt Institute for the past twelve years, Williams College, Hofstra University, and Montclair State University. Reviews of Drasler’s work can be found in Art in America, New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune, and A.C.T. Gallery.