Paolo Arao: In Dialogue with Drawing
February 20, 2021 - August 8, 2021
The Columbus Museum has commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Paolo Arao to curate a group of drawings from the Museum’s collection. Each selection will then serve as the stimulus for a visual response by the artist. As the title implies, In Dialogue with Drawing will feature over two dozen pairings, matching Arao’s newly created work with the sheet from the Museum’s holdings that inspired it.
Arao is a Filipinx-American artist whose most recent exploration in the studio combines the traditions of textiles and painting. His work is rooted in modernist geometric abstraction. He creates his current work by machine stitching second-hand clothing, hand-dyed fabric, and weathered canvas together into unique objects that straddle the area between painting and sculpture.
Arao received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally and has presented solo exhibitions at Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis, Jeff Bailey Gallery and Barney Savage Gallery, both in New York. He has held residencies at such prestigious programs as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Studios at MASS MoCA, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Fire Island Artist Residency. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Drawing and his work has been featured in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, and Esopus.
In Dialogue with Drawing marks the debut of Arao and his work in Georgia.
This exhibition is sponsored by WC Bradley.