Alexander Brodsky

Alexander Brodsky, Untitled 4 (CLAY), 2014 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Alexander Brodsky (*1955), Untitled, 2014. Unfired clay, 840 × 1750 mm.

Courtesy the artist and Betts Project

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There is someone behind Alexander Brodsky's unfired clay facades. It might be a housekeeper behind one, a bored Kafkaesque rond-de-cuir behind another. It could be just an architect.

Alexander Brodsky, Untitled 3 (CLAY), 2014 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Alexander Brodsky (*1955), Untitled, 2014. Unfired clay, 840 × 760 mm.

Courtesy the artist and Betts Project

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They all draw and archive the objects and spaces they discover in these buildings, and reassemble them like an archeologist reassembles what he excavates: a room, a space, a bench, barrels, bananas, a column, handles, nuts, a radiator, a robot, a table, cake moulds, eggs… The drawings could reveal the face cachée of the unfired clay pieces.

Alexander Brodsky, Untitled 1, 2016 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Alexander Brodsky (*1955), Untitled, 2016. Pencil on tracing paper, 230 × 320 mm.

Courtesy the artist and Betts Project

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But it could also be a man, let’s call him B, who is drawing intuitive doodles while on the phone, as a spontaneous outlet, a subconscious excavation of his mind.

Alexander Brodsky, Untitled 2, 2016 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Alexander Brodsky (*1955), Untitled, 2016. Pencil on tracing paper, 485 × 320 mm.

Courtesy the artist and Betts Project

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These drawings are part of a series of 21 drawings on tracing paper by Alexander Brodsky on show alongside his unfired clay pieces as part of the exhibition, Reliefs, at the Betts Project, 8 Oct – 20 Nov 2016.

— Marie Coulon

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