A work from TAG @ Large

Questioning State 2013

Drew Goerlitz

Peru, NY


Steel sculpture titled "Questioning State" by Drew Goerlitz
Questioning State
Credit: Image courtesy of the artist.

Questioning State is part of a Drew Goerlitz’s series based on the idea of reliquaries. The piece simultaneously suggests a hollow vessel and a solid fluted column with multiple associations and ambiguities. It has a powerful presence yet is squeezed under the pressure of some unseen force. Says Goerlitz, Containment, concealment, and privacy have been recurring themes in my work. My interpretation of reliquary is not to hold a sacred object or relic, but to engage the viewer with the form and tension of the unknown interior. The adornment of these objects relates to architectural details and the idea of facade.  Facade is what we are presented with upon first appearance, whether speaking of people or architecture, and it isn’t until we look inside that we discover the true structure.

Drew holds an MFA in sculpture from University of Maryland and is currently a Professor of Art at SUNY Plattsburgh where he also administers “Museum Without Walls” – an extensive outdoor sculpture program.

Recent exhibitions that have included Goerlitz’s work include Sculpture Now: The Mount, Lenox, MA, 2013, Two-person Exhibition: Selection Artfair Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2013, Art in the Park Worcester, Worcester, MA, 2013, Salem2Salem: Salem Art Works, Salem, NY, 2013, Art-St-Urban: Art-St-Urban, St Urban, Switzerland, 2013

For more information visit http://www.drewgoerlitz.com/.