To a painter, the picture is a collection of ideas that are conveyed through the handling of paint by the movement of a brush on the surface of a canvas. Drew Dodge uses this enigmatic process to express his wonderment of queer spirit as it transmogrifies throughout figuration and abstraction.
Fitting the show title, the new series of works explore the often inexplicable sensations and affinities. In an effort to speak to these nuance subjects, he reaches for evocative elements which, when carefully composed and meticulously rendered, form nearly mystic visuals imbued with subtle yet impassioned symbolism. Enticing and spellbinding on the surface, the paintings comprising Enigma are built using a limited vocabulary of imagery that, when put in different, often unexpected relationships, construct puzzling scenes. With a continuous rhythm regularly revolving around the center of the image, the depiction of elegant movements, and a symphony of minute visuals, these six paintings entwine with each other in a dynamic exchange of states and emotions. A true harmony of seemingly random marks somehow congeals into pebbles, ground, hay bales, or paint flaking fences, forming a large, comprehensive narrative within each image and the series as a whole. Through this storyline, Dodge is providing an empathetic site for queer folks to experience refuge, reassurance, and truthful representation of their experience without forfeiting ambiguity.