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Debra Drexler
updated: 06/29/2008
website: www2.hawaii.edu/~drexler/debra
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
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Red Square
Pool of Reflection
Pool of Reflection
Ghost Dog
untitled (snake and tent)w
untitled (love)
Untitled vines
Untitled (spiders and rose petals)
Love, Death, Sex, Birth
Black Stockings/Bare Legs
Honeymoon in Waikiki (Red)
Honeymoon in Waikiki (Yellow)
Street Angel/Home Devil
Journal Entry from Gauguin's Zombie Installation
Installation View of Journal - Gauguin's Zombie
 
Portfolio Keywords:  dreams, gender/sexuality, gestural, language, identity, meditative, narrative, spiritual, figurative, humor
 
 
Red Square by Debra Drexler
Red Square
water soluble crayon, acrylic, graphite on paper
2007
22" x  30" 
Pool of Reflection by Debra Drexler
Pool of Reflection
oil
2007
48" x  60" 
Pool of Reflection by Debra Drexler
Pool of Reflection
oil
2008
60" x  48" 
Ghost Dog by Debra Drexler
Ghost Dog
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2006
30" x  22" 
untitled (snake and tent)w by Debra Drexler
untitled (snake and tent)w
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2007
30" x  22" 
untitled (love) by Debra Drexler
untitled (love)
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2004
22" x  30" 
Untitled vines by Debra Drexler
Untitled vines
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2004
22" x  30" 
Untitled (spiders and rose petals) by Debra Drexler
Untitled (spiders and rose petals)
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2004
22" x  30" 
Love, Death, Sex, Birth by Debra Drexler
Love, Death, Sex, Birth
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2004
22" x  30" 
Black Stockings/Bare Legs by Debra Drexler
Black Stockings/Bare Legs
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2004
22" x  30" 
Honeymoon in Waikiki (Red) by Debra Drexler
Honeymoon in Waikiki (Red)
mixed media on paper
2005
60" x  82" 
Honeymoon in Waikiki (Yellow) by Debra Drexler
Honeymoon in Waikiki (Yellow)
mixed media on paper
2005
57" x  82" 
Street Angel/Home Devil by Debra Drexler
Street Angel/Home Devil
water soluble crayon and pencil on paper
2004
30" x  94" 
Journal Entry from Gauguin's Zombie Installation by Debra Drexler
Journal Entry from Gauguin's Zombie Installation
water color and ink
2000-2005
Dimensions variable
Installation View of Journal - Gauguin's Zombie by Debra Drexler
Installation View of Journal - Gauguin's Zombie
watercolor, ink, and relief prints
2000-2005
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

My art suggests open narratives, which puzzle and entreat the viewer to draw personal connections in the space created between conceptual content and aesthetic entrancement.

My newest body of work, Pool of Reflection explores seeing the potential for light to break through and transform the darkness. It is only through understanding our shadow, that we see how it models and reflects the light in us. 

ArtCal’s  March 29, 2008 review of Drexler’s paintings at the Pool Art Fair states:

“Last, but certainly not least, Debra Drexler. I was extremely impressed by her work. Her painterly hand is magnificent. From side to side, I traced the motions of each of her broad-brushstrokes. Her palette is soft pastel against an underbelly of dark tonalities. There is a "damaged goods" quality to these works. I feel that she has a great mastery of self-reflection and examination in each of her pieces. References to dreams and memory abound. As a professor at the University of Hawaii, you can tell how much the tropical surroundings are beginning to become an influence in her work. In her "Pool of Reflection piece," nature is guarded, but yet the solitary figure contrasted against a dark tree root base is exposed in all its fragility. Fantastic stuff”

-Olympia Lambert, ArtCalZine,“Armory Show Week 2008 Coverage: Jumping into Pool”

 

Drexler’s  “Gauguin’s Zombie” is based on the premise that Paul Gauguin has returned to life in a fictional exhibition in a fictional museum. This installation explores the complex dynamics between the past and the present, the influence of colonialism and cultural identity,and the traditions of the Western and non-Western worlds.  In the tradition of horror movies,there is something stirring in the ethnographic museum’s basement on afictional South Pacific island, as it prepares the remains of famous Europeanmasters for display in a new blockbuster exhibit, “The Fathers of Modern Art”. Gauguin, the awakening somnambulist, must come to terms with a world that is post modern in which painting has been declared as dead as Gauguin.

Artist Bio / CV

 Drexler has recently exhibited her new body of work “Pool of Reflection” in solo venues at the Pool Art Fairs in Miami (2007) and New York (2008). Her work was reviewed in ArtCal Zine and written about in Art Info. Drexler participated in Flux Factories “Everything Must Go” (2008) with an installation of “The Boogie Men Who Live Under Your Bed” which was reviewed in Art Info.

Drexler’s  “Gauguin’s Zombie” a has been exhibited at Honolulu Academyof Art, The Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts and Cultural Center,and White Box’s Annex in Chelsea, New York. “Gauguin’s Zombie” received a great deal of critical and press attention including reviews in New York Arts Magazine, Artweek, The Contemporary Pacific Magazine, The Honolulu Advertiser,The Honolulu Weekly,and feature articles in Centerpiece Magazine, The Honolulu Advertiser, and The Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Other recent solo exhibitions include “Lost in Paradise” at Berlinkunst Project, Berlin, Germany, (2005), reviewed in New York Arts Magazine,  “High Art andLow Life”, Gallery 210, University of St. Louis, Missouri (2005) and “Bushlands”, Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia (1999), featuredon ABC Radio, Australia, and “Postcards from Oahu”, Vanderbilt University(1997).  Drexler just completed participation in a group exhibition “Island to Island” which toured The University of Tasmania, Launceston, The University of Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia and the University of Hawai’i. Drexler has also participated in group exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, Honolulu, Washington, DC, Louisville, KY, St. Louis,MO, Los Angeles, and Australia, and has been an artist-in-residence at Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia National University, Canberra, Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia, and University of Tasmania at Launceston, Australia. Drexler is Professor of Painting at the University of Hawai'i.