20 May - 14 August 2021
MAB is pleased to present an exhibition of new graphite on paper works by Mike Bidlo. The works on view are from Bidlo's larger series of drawings based on paintings by the American master Marsden Hartley. With these drawings, Bidlo continues his ongoing practice of challenging the idea of authorship while questioning the modernist canon. As Debra Bricker Balken writes, "Bidlo’s demystification of modernism’s core conceit of originality emanates not only from his acts of duplication but their recontextualization as his voice and property. As a result, his studio practice has involved a deep devotion to craft: that is, to the seamless reproduction that stems from keen observation and deft draftsmanship, both of which enable faithful reenactment."
Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated hard-bound book published by MAB Books with essays by Brice Brown and Debra Bricker Balken.