On Thursday, May 20, Sam Lewitt gave the second in series of four talks in which emerging artists discuss the influence and relevancy of drawing within their multifaceted practices. With diversity in both technique and approach, the artists in this series share an affinity for integrating drawing into a wide range of mediums – painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media – to critically investigate subjects of interest to them be it economics, politics, quantum physics, the human subconscious, or personal narrative. These artists’ unique forays into conceptual thinking and theoretical significance further broaden our conceptions of the field of drawing and highlight current trends and issues in contemporary art.
Sam Lewitt presents extensively researched projects in the form of meticulously fabricated artifacts, such as fictitious books and currency. His investigations explore a range of subjects, including the histories of writing, graphic design, and reading, as well as the exchange between language and material objects. Lewitt received his BFA from the School of Visual ARts and attended the Whitney independent Study Program. He is co-founder of Scorched Earth, a twelve-issue magazine in which the question of drawing’s place in theory and practice is addressed in dialogue with artists, critics and historians. He lives and works in New York.STE-011