Will Duty


Vorstellung is Will Duty’s second solo exhibition at Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York. The artist draws abstract graphite fields that recall planetary and other imageries, mesmerizing in their elegant and evocative simplicity. His illusory drawings represent vast cosmos and endless expanses, suggesting a real space beyond any known forms. The artist uses iterative mirrorings and other visual transformations, which combine with the meticulous and repetitive nature of the execution to create an unsettling undercurrent. This is enhanced by the palpable tension between the flatness of the picture plane and the seemingly endless continuation of the picture. In German, the term vorstellung refers to images formed by objects that are not perceivable to the senses.

Duty received a B.S from the University of Chicago and a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union, New York. He currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Duty has previously exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York and at Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles. Vorstellung will be on display at Jeff Bailey Gallery until May 24, 2008.