Mel Kendrick, American, born 1949
Gasket Drawing (bb), 2015
Carbon black pigment on cast paper
14 × 10 ½ in. (35.6 × 26.7 cm)
Work on paper (Drawing)
Purchased with funds provided by the William F. Stern Acquisitions Fund

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Although Mel Kendrick has come to work in wide variety of media, including drawing and printmaking, these pursuits are always grounded in his material explorations of sculpture. Gasket Drawing (bb) is one such example of his experimental blurring of boundaries between mediums. Here, Kendrick took a form made from rubber sealings coated in black pigment and pressed it into a recently made sheet of paper that was still wet and pulpy. The deep impressions created an object where the central image is raised off a flat background, evocative of low relief sculpture.