After viewing two other exhibitions that claimed to be 'art' and coming away from each without a thought in my head much less a decent word that would explain/excuse their efforts, my artistic sense was relieved, refreshed and rewarded by this exhibition. Thankfully there are still some artists who respect the artform of drawing,and the viewing audience sufficiently to exhibit only the best they have to offer. Hewitt is one of them.
These well crafted images stand as enigmatic aspects of a creative journey that explores frames within frames, levels of reality and respect for different manifestations of art, and science, through it's traditional and contemporary history. By appropriating images from another art age, such as oil paintings and relief sculptures, and the modern light projections of cinema or photography, Hewitt has us contemplating reality, truth, and vision.
He presents horizontal triptych images, each segment located in a separate time and space. The space is both physical, a location on the surface, and illusionary as defined by rules of perspective. Each section offers a disparate image they may come from the past or allude to the future, suggest a dream or present a reality, include instruments that measure precision or a draped veil that obscures the facts. Divisions are made by a drawn guilt frame, a drape or the differentiation of depth perception. On one canvas we may have the rendition of a lady from a Vermeer painting, a face formed by the play of light on a cinema screen and a figure from a Baroque sculpture. Or a crumpled white cloth, a clock and a Renaissance painting. The relationships may or may not have a commonality beyond the references to a reality that is not truth, leaving the viewer to interpret the 'image' according to their own frames of reference.
The title of the exhibition alludes to the one facet of Hewitt's work that always satisfies. His attention to every detail in his drawing and the execution of his artwork. His technique is flawless. In these works the artist has manipulated pencil and crayon to weave images from different coloured marks. The application of the media is as sensuous as the imagery and one appreciates the skilled hand and eye of the artist as it translates the idea into an image. The devil is indeed in the detail, if there was a single lapse of energy or honesty or ability in any one of these drawings, the flaw would jump out. But there are no sudden jumps, these works soothe the eye and whisper to the imagination as they invite us into a world of thought, of art.
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