Stephen Chesley: “107 Ordinary Days”

An Exhibition of 107 Drawings created by Stephen Chesley.


Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm – November 9 at 6:00pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 28 from 6-8


Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street in the Vista, Columbia, SC

Paul Gauguin’s reference ,” ..fist of a draftsman”, reflects drawing as a powerful element in art. A point not unrealized and driven home by Stephen Chesley in an upcoming exhibition at Vista Studios in Columbia ,South Carolina, October 28th through November 9th, 2010. Reflecting his affinity for the drawings of; Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Jean Honore’ Fragonard, George Seurat, Vincent VanGogh, Rembrant, among others, Chesley composed 107 consecutive drawings in as many days using graphite on toned paper heightened with chinese white in what perhaps is a Zen exercise in creativity and aspects of time…. ten years ago.

The drawings have since been crated in wait for an emergence that emphasizes what Chesley terms,‘timepieces”. This concept is clear, for in the year 2000 the world became a different place altogether, and yet the drawings are as new as the moment they were created a decade ago even as seen for the first time in this century . These drawings are of a time and a place we can no longer visit except via the unbound mind.

“I also wanted to relate by the shear amount of drawings the notion of drawing itself, perhaps a conceptual element of “107 Days” is that it will leave a patron with the idea of drawing and add to the experience of art,,,, and life.”

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