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We are pleased to announce the artist’s first solo show with Lancaster Galleries. The public is invited to attend the preview opening, and greet the artist, Thursday April 27, 5:00 - 8:30 as well as First Friday May 5, 5:00- 9:00. Jeff Geib will also be in the gallery for “Lancaster ArtWalk” Saturday, May 6 and Sunday May 7, from 12:00 – 4:00.

It seems that whenever I am engaged in conversations about drawings, they often center on a perceived purpose and definition of a drawing. Many times a viewer, to my way of thinking, has a misunderstanding, an assumption that a drawing is somehow an unfinished piece of work. Often automatically labeling it as a sketch, or thinking that because materials used may be black and white, it somehow lacks color.

We view them differently and invite you to join us, see this show with fresh and expanded boundaries. Drawing is not restricted to visual recount. When we drop these restrictions, the works become treasures of their own pleasantries. To participate in these pleasantries you must first agree to allow yourself to see, you must agree to look. Consider the following:

Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944) noted that “Drawing instruction is a training towards perception, exact observation and exact presentation not of the outward appearances of an object, but of its constructive elements, its lawful forces-tensions.”

Jeff Geib advocates that “drawing is the most transparent of the arts, unabashedly displaying the history of its own making, more so than any other art object.” Simultaneously, he admits to “having increasingly come to think that such transparently displayed marks only have the status of visible remnants – the remains of a greater effort; a bigger picture. Amounting to more than what can be seen.”

Over the years, I have come to admire and favor including drawings in shows as well as solo exhibitions dedicated to only drawings. As the artist says, they are honest. Too often they are neglected and it is refreshing to see their resurgence in major exhibitions.

Yes, the works in Small World are small, but in size only. Their power is un-measurable.

When asked about scale, Geib shares: “Drawings this size live or die depending on the viewer’s willingness to look at them from in close. You either engage with them intimately or you shouldn’t even bother. I like to think that the reward they offer is a kind of surprise–that they are like little seeds that grow or little bombs that explode or little bundles that unpack themselves into something different and richer than what was expected. They really are, I promise, bigger on the inside than they are on the outside!”

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