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Pair of John Nusekabel Abstract Marker Drawings

Item Details

Untitled, 2016
Marker on illustration board
Unsigned
Titled, dated, and inscribed to verso

John Nusekabel (American; 20th/21st century)
Untitled, 2017
Marker on paper
Unsigned
Titled, dated, and inscribed to verso

Provenance
From the studios of Visionaries + Voices – a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities.

A pair of untitled marker drawings by Cincinnati-based artist John Nusekabel (20th/21st century), created in 2016 and 2017. Both drawings feature adjacent geometric shapes filled with vibrant colors on paper surfaces cut into irregular polygonal shapes. Unsigned, both works are titled, dated, and inscribed to the versos. Both remain unframed.

John Nusekabel brings a fresh point of view to geometric abstraction. Using drafting tools, he carefully partitions his composition into blocks, filling in the solid color with the fine point of a marker or pen. The quality that distinguishes his work from typical pieces within this genre is the fine texture that Nusekabel’s thorough mark making generates. The back and forth, crosshatched effect of the drawing device softens the sharpness of the angles and gives the pictures a lush surface. Books also play an important role in his work. Frequently he carefully replicates text from volumes and hymnals, breathing new life into the copied words with his elaborate handwriting. Sometimes passages within books are blocked out with a thick layer of graphite, resulting in sharp geometric forms interspersed with sentences. Using the eraser end of the pencil as much as the point, the artist meticulously removes any stray lines. This alters the surface of his work, softening the paper and adding shaded values to his finished pieces. Furthermore, Nusekabel is a man of many talents and interests. An accomplished actor, dancer and sportsman, he takes his work seriously and immerses himself in each endeavor. His work has been shown at Art Beyond Boundaries, The Carnegie and other venues in Cincinnati.

Condition

- minor wear to edges of drawings.

Dimensions

15.0" W x 13.5" H x 0.1" D

- measurement of 2016 drawing; 2017 drawing measures approximately 11.75" W x 17" H.

Item #

18DCC475-058

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