Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure OMI-25–3, 2009
Graphite on Duralar
25 x 25 inches (63.5 x 63.5 cm)


Judith Braun: May I Draw
Instal­la­tion View, North Wall


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure S-6–6, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
6 x 6 inches (15.2 x 15.2 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure S-6–2, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
6 x 6 inches (15.2 x 15.2 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure S-6–1, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
6 x 6 inches (15.2 x 15.2 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure GCN-19–4, 2007
Graphite on paper
19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure COL-19–1, 2008
Graphite on Duralar
19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 cm)


Judith Braun: May I Draw
Instal­la­tion View, North­east Cor­ner


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–10, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–8, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–12, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–9, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–7, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–11, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–6, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure CC-10–6, 2010
Graphite on Duralar
10.5 x 10.5 inches (26.7 x 26.7 cm)


Judith Braun
Fin­ger Pan­els 1–4, 2013
Char­coal applied with fin­gers on paper
Each approx. 96–108 x 24 inches
(243.8–274.3 x 61 cm)
and
F-R-1–4, F-R-1–5, and F-R-1–6, 2013
Char­coal applied with fin­gers on paper
Each 21 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (54.6 x 31.8 cm)


Judith Braun: May I Draw
Instal­la­tion View, South Wall


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure BKI-13–1, 2009
Graphite on Duralar
13 x 13 inches (33 x 33 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure TTC-16–3, 2008
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure BKS-16–2, 2008
Graphite on Duralar
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure SH-9–13, 2009
Graphite on paper
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure TTC-9–8, 2008
Graphite on paper
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure TTC-16–6, 2008
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure BKS-16–4, 2009
Graphite on Duralar
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure BKS-16–3, 2009
Graphite on Duralar
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure BKS-9–1, 2009
Graphite on Duralar
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure TTC-16–7, 2008
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure TTC-16–5, 2008
Graphite on paper
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure BKS-16–5, 2009
Graphite on Duralar
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm)


Judith Braun
Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dure SH-9–2, 2009
Graphite on paper
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

OPENING RECEPTION:
SUN, MAR 3, 6-8PM

JUDITH BRAUN:
MAY I DRAW

OPENING RECEPTION SUN, MAR 3, 6-8PM
ON VIEW: MAR 3-APR 21

PRESS RELEASE

Joe Shef­tel Gallery is proud to present May I Draw, Judith Braun’s first solo exhi­bi­tion in New York since 2008. Braun’s process empha­sizes her posi­tion as a “quan­tum ampli­fier.” Uti­liz­ing three sim­ple rules to make her draw­ings – Sym­me­try, Abstrac­tion and Car­bon Medium – she is intent on cap­tur­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties and prob­a­bil­i­ties of the quan­tum realm, where every­thing is in free fall until it is caught…by a viewer, or the artist.

Accord­ingly, Braun ini­ti­ates her draw­ing with abstract lines, free of defin­i­tive form. The abstrac­tion is then mir­rored to achieve sym­me­try, becom­ing pre­cise and orderly. Braun chooses car­bon medi­ums, graphite and char­coal, because these lim­ited mate­ri­als offer infi­nite gra­da­tions of light and dark. She is also attracted to carbon’s crys­talline mol­e­c­u­lar struc­ture, which under the right con­di­tions can become a dia­mond. Braun explains, “Work­ing within con­straints prompts a pro­lif­er­a­tion of pos­si­bil­i­ties that self-organize into groups and sub­groups, from which I then choose some to ren­der care­fully by hand, with dia­mond dust.”

This show presents draw­ings from the Por­tal, Orbital, Rim­ming and Lanter­nal group­ings, all part of Braun’s ongo­ing Sym­met­ri­cal Pro­ce­dures series. This series also includes her Fin­ger­ing works, in which Braun dips her fin­gers into char­coal and uses her body as the draw­ing instru­ment. Aware that the medium and her body are made of the same car­bon mate­r­ial, she exploits the nat­ural sym­me­tries of bod­ily ges­tures to cre­ate a vocab­u­lary of marks and pat­terns, seek­ing sur­prise through rep­e­ti­tion.

Judith Braun, then going by the name Judith Wein­per­son, first showed in New York in 1988 in Group Material’s Democ­racy show at Dia Art Foun­da­tion, fol­lowed by solo pre­sen­ta­tions at White Columns and On The Wall Gallery. In the early ’90s she par­tic­i­pated in shows at The Draw­ing Cen­ter, New York, curated by Ann Philbin; Art in Gen­eral, New York, curated by Holly Block; and Amer­i­can Fine Arts, New York, with Colin De Land, among many oth­ers. She was like­wise fea­tured in the Bad Girls show at the New Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, New York, curated by Mar­cia Tucker. More recently Braun has had solo shows at Fruit and Flower Deli, New York, and Galerie Con­rads in Düs­sel­dorf, Ger­many, and group shows in Spain, Vienna, and Berlin. She is cur­rently show­ing in Graphite at the Indi­anapo­lis Museum of Art.

For press inquiries and images, please con­tact the gallery at mail@joesheftelgallery.com.