New York

Barry Le Va

Bykert Gallery Downtown

Looking at Barry Le Va’s drawings, I get the feeling that one is expected to respond as if to withheld information. Unlike the sculpture he’s made recently, the drawings don’t appear to be even hypothetically self-explanatory. Instead they look like choreographer’s notes without the written notations and, like the sculpture in this respect, they suggest a systematic distribution that’s hard to grasp. Le Va almost seems to be engaged in the communication of an impenetrability resulting from the absence of apparent motivation. One is confronted with an experience which might reasonably be treated either as an illusion of logicality or as a logical construct whose terminology is obscured but assumed to be present. Le Va seems to suggest that his goal is the entirely affective, rather than affectivity’s qualification by physical circumstance. Or, he suggests he’s absolutely committed to making a distinction between the concept and its materialization absolute. In either case, I’m interested in the possibility that, for Le Va, drawing involves the subtraction of information, possibly in response to the simultaneous accessibility that distinguishes the work he makes for the wall from that which he puts on the floor.

––Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe