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The New York Times

Art in Review
Friday September 27, 2013
By Roberta Smith

Brian Belott: ‘Draw Gym’

KnowMoreGames, 561 Clinton Street, at Huntington Street

247365, 131 Huntington Street, at Clinton Street

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

Through Oct. 9

It is routine to hear that painting is dead, less so drawing. But it has seemed a bit quiet of late, especially where the sprawling gallery group show is concerned. Perhaps this is to be expected when so many collectors only buy big (and rarely attend to drawings and artists frequently view their art-making as dry “practice.”

The multitasking artist Brian Belott is compensating by organizing “Draw Gym,” a raucous show by 75 young or youngish artists (and a few elders), represented by at least two drawings each, jammed into small, artist-run, relatively new Brooklyn galleries, KnowMoreGames and 247365. The two spaces flank the corner of Clinton Street and Huntington Street in the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. (For the record, 247365 fuses the number of hours in a day and days in a week and year, implying incessant art work of all kinds.)

In both galleries, Mr. Belott has covered all available wall space, triple-hanging works without benefit of framing for an intimate and rewarding clash of styles, materials and concepts. The play between and among linear and dense, bare and textured, representational and abstract, cartoonish and cartoonish is unremitting. Linear, for example, can be figurative (Ella Kruglyanskaya), abstract (Chris Martin) or crazed (Joshua Abelow and Lance De Los Reyes). Dense can be seductively patterned (Paul DeMuro, a real find), obsessively fantasist (Irena Jurek, Annie Pearlman) or quasi-robotic (Butt Johnson, using a ruler). Gina Beavers, Josh Blackwell and Misaki Kawai explore shaped drawings. Keep an eye out for anything by Nick Payne, most things by Mr. Belott and a drawing of a sneaker by Jacques Louis Vidal, a founder of KnowMoreGames. Drawing may seem slightly underground right now, but as usual, it is everywhere.