NEW YORK, NY.- Olsen Gruin
is presenting Urban Landscapes: A Road to Nowhere, a solo exhibition featuring 16 geometric, sculptural cityscapes by Bo Droga. This series of abstract three-dimensional compositions is composed of wood, particleboard, fiberboard, and acrylic on PVC plastic.
Bo Drogas artwork stems from his strong interest in urban landscapes and how order and chaos converge in city developments. His new series Urban Landscapes: A Road to Nowhere originates from the experience of sitting in an airplane looking down over a city or dense urban development. From this perspective, individual buildings are barely recognizable as such. Instead they look like simple abstract forms and shapes for a brief moment in time before they become discernible as you descend closer to the city. This fleeting moment is what Droga articulates through three-dimensional abstraction.
Droga utilizes forms and their opposites, as well as space, as the primary elements in his work. The reciprocal relationship is critical. Both form and space are given shape and scale across all of his artwork. In addition, the placement of Drogas artwork and how it relates to its immediate surroundings is another crucial aspect of this form/space relationship, connecting his oeuvre with the tradition of minimalism. Just as internal space is created by voids in form, exterior space can be defined by changing the shape, mass, size, scale, proportion, rhythm, articulation, texture, color, and light.
Bo Droga is an Australian artist whose work is informed by the juxtaposition of nature versus urban development. His work has exhibited at prestigious galleries internationally for over two decades and has been included in The Peterborough Museum in the UK and The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia among other institutions. Droga has been awarded the Fiji Art Award, Fiji, the Australian High Commission, Australia, and most recently, he is a 2018 recipient of the Ellies Award in Miami celebrating individual artists who form the backbone of the Miami visual arts community.