Cara Despain, Seeing the Stone, 2016. Cast Concrete dimensions variable.

Drew Conrad

Brooklyn, New York

Kustera Projects Red Hook

Drew Conrad’s exhibition, “The Cold Wake,” offered a view of Red Hook through a literary lens. Using H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror of Red Hook” as a launching point, the Red Hookbased artist researched local historical events to construct a sitespecific installation and self-portrait. Conrad took new materials, like lumber and metal, then aged them through a labor-intensive process of oxidizing, soiling, breaking, and shaping. Dwelling No. 11 (Jacobs Ladder) suggested a half-sunken dock and a boat on the precipice of collapse. The aesthetic and mood recalled Lovecraft’s descriptions of decay and doom. When viewed from the front, jagged slabs of wood created a walkway to a dilapidated structure tethered to cinder blocks and anchors.…see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.