Metropolis Drawings

Max Razdow

May 5th - 30th, 2017


SEDIMENT Exhibitions Presents:

"Metropolis Drawings" by Max Razdow

Opening reception Friday, May 5th from 6-9pm.
Exhibition runs through Sunday, May 28th, 2017.
Gallery hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1-6pm.

The “Metropolis Drawings” collect the history and geography of a city in becoming, rendered from the bones of abstraction with mixed mediums, pen and ink. The works become a corollary for present and future states, ranging from the mural scale Metropolis to dozens of small ink drawings, sketches and notes. Tracing the wax and wane of a fictive city in ages from its founding forward, the drawings build a world reverberating through time and unfolding itself to meet monads of urgency. Characters, creatures and spatial components of the Metropolis have narrative qualities, using epic, fantasy laden structure to collect an unfixed tale. Considering these as singular and obtuse works is an important antidote to the idea that these are simply fantasy illustrations. They are mutable elements that are activated by storytelling, and even generative of it – and Razdow leaves written traces to collect the drawings’ matrices of ideas. Razdow’s works linger as poetic attributions to an unfurling story – one bridging metaphysical, mystical and experiential qualities that are reflective of the world we know.

In the Metropolis, we are met with ritual geographies, elemental forges, miscast rulers, dueling pantheons of ulterior worlds, heroes (human, bestial and divine), and maps attempting to trace their interplay. The epic origination stories, rebellions and turmoil hinted at in the works reveal Razdow’s way of engaging with both classic myths and contemporary realities. Aspects include the rise of emptiness and control in some ages of the Metropolis, and we can glimpse hope in the mirror of individuals seeking liminal, supernatural forces and creatures evolved from enraptured nature. A confluence of radical empathy and resolve emerge as themes for protagonists: a centaur woman born from a dolphin to work subversive magic and wield power, a necromancer who puts down his tools to seek clarity in distant mountains. Despite the rhythm of the Metropolis’ rises and falls, its geography remains a mutable monument. Its walls remain as a memorial engine of the archetypal past setting possibilities for future ages. 

For Max Razdow’s second public showing of his Metropolis Drawings he will include, along with the variously scaled works on paper, a new sound installation of songs he has written for the works. In addition, the second book of the Metropolis Epic will be released in a short run edition of 20 hand painted copies.