New York

David Ligare

Andrew Crispo Gallery

This problem of thinking arso arises with David Ligare’s large drawings of sand images. What I mean here by thinking is the continual reevaluation of established ideas, the rigorous questioning, which informs art’s dialectic. Too many artists merely play with variations on an accepted language without ever challenging the validity of its grammar. Painting is particularly vulnerable in this respect as its syntax has been so strictly explored. 

To return to Ligare’s work—he first makes simple marks in wet sand and then records these images in detailed drawings in pencil and metallic powder on paper. These then form the basis for larger graphite drawings on canvas primed with a mix of acrylic and metallic powder. From a distance these canvases look like blown-up photographs due to the grainy quality of the tonal drawing and the silvery grayness of the powder, as well as the meticulous detail.

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