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Craig Drennen, Untitled (The Masquers), 2010, ink, acrylic, oil, enamel, and aluminum foil on canvas, each canvas 20 x 16".

Craig Drennen

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Craig Drennen, Untitled (The Masquers), 2010, ink, acrylic, oil, enamel, and aluminum foil on canvas, each canvas 20 x 16".

Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen has chosen William Shakespeare’s most obscure play, The Life of Timon of Athens, as the theme for his new body of work. Known first as a language-based neo-Conceptualist, and then for his drawings and paintings based on the failed 1984 movie Supergirl, Drennen has a predilection for creating new art inspired by underappreciated corners of culture that led him, most recently, to the Bard’s condemned tragedy telling the story of a wealthy Greek citizen who becomes a penniless misanthropic outcast. Since 2008, Drennen has been studying the play’s dramatis personae, making a signature work for each character, but his intention was to neither affect an understanding of the play nor to critique it. Rather, as Michelle Grabner proposes in the exhibition catalogue, “Working with historical intervals and gaps, illustrations and icons, [Drennen] is building

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