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Kate Costello, Pinch drawing, 2015, fabric appliqué, 54 × 54".

Kate Costello

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Kate Costello, Pinch drawing, 2015, fabric appliqué, 54 × 54".

Drawing has a directness and immediacy capable of revealing an artist’s thought process and, over time, formal development. It can document aesthetic mutability and demonstrate technical acumen, all the while circumventing the baggage of painting or sculpture. Kate Costello’s recent exhibition—simply titled “Drawing”—which included nine fabric appliqué works; a sculpture in paper, cement, and steel; and an artist’s book, was less concerned with draftsmanship than with the conceptual, linguistic, and symbolic possibilities of drawing. And for an artist well versed in sculpture, video, photography, and painting, the emphasis on medium seemed a significant jumping-off point for a new body of work.

At LAXART, Costello abandoned her typically liberal use of color in favor of black and maroon vinyl sewn onto white canvas grounds. Each of the nine textile works contained a

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