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.