Philadelphia, PA


German Marks review in The Week

German Marks - Gallery Joe, Philadelphia February 4, 2011 Pencil drawings were once the province of expediency -- ideal for jotting down ideas that might eventually find their way into full-fledged masterpieces. This exhibition showcases works by four German artists who approach the genre with a decidedly more meticulous bent. Isabel Albrecht uses complex systems to determine the grayscale patterns in her shimmering graphite drawings; Lucie Beppler uses an arsenal of tools to painstakingly texturize her works' surfaces; Ellen Keusen's renderings are as refined any abstract-expressionist painting. Meanwhile, German Stegmaier takes mindfulness to an extreme, spending years composing, erasing, and reworking simple line drawings before pronouncing them done. 302 Arch Street, (215) 592-7752. Through Feb. 19. Prices range from $1,500 to $3,625.