Drea Cofield works and lives in Brooklyn. In 2013, she received her M.F.A from Yale University School of Art (New Haven, CT), and in 2008, her B.A from DePauw University (Geencastle, IN). Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Ideal Glass Gallery (New York, NY) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles, CA), and group shows at Able Baker Contemporary Gallery (Portland, ME), Stella Elkins Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) and Coustof Waxman Gallery (New York, NY). She did mural commissions for ICFF exhibition in New York and Olde Mecklenbery Brewery. In 2016, She curated “Bomb Pop-Up! Show: A Three-day Three-Story Art & Music Show” in Brookyln, NY. In 2015, She was awarded Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and Gloucester Painting Prize. Recently, she has been featured in Brooklyn Rail and Precog Magazine. The upcoming two-person exhibition, SUMMER 2017 will be her first group exhibition at Nancy Margolis Gallery.
Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, SUMMER 2017, opening June 29 through July 29, 2017 will introduce two artists, Drea Cofield, and Ping Zheng who will exhibit their small works on paper; Cofield watercolors, and Zheng, oil stick paintings.
Drea Cofield is to exhibit a series of watercolor paintings that are appropriations selected from old master etchings. The etchings, satiric commentaries on society of a certain period, range from allegory, pictorial metaphors, to pure fantasy. Taking themes from the etchings the artist illuminates figures acting out scenes of vice, war, hypocrisy, violence, and love. It is an interaction of the human narrative, the inherent frailties that drives the world regardless of the century. These thoughts are paradoxically timely, drawing parallels to the aberrant behavior found currently in American politics.
The artist delineated the subjects with soft form and color, imbuing the paintings with a fragile sensibility. We see unfold acts of violence, a thrusting weapon, a rough encounter, others show tenderness and warmth, effectively making the stories in these small watercolors feel real.
SUMMER 2017 (June 29 – July 29)