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June 2nd - July 2nd, 2023


Arch Enemy Arts presents GRAPHITE, a curated collection from the gallery’s eleven-year archives inspired not only by this most versatile medium but also by the subtle sheen of ashen silver it displays in raking light. A material that serves as the starting point for nearly every great work on paper, graphite feels like one of those all-encompassing mediums. It knows no bounds, and as we hope to make clear in this series, it has offered limitless potential for our artists over the years, working in all styles and mediums to express their unparalleled creative viewpoints.

Where do you start with graphite? Do you begin at the beginning, when sedimentary carbon oxidizes during its transformation into metamorphic rock? Or do you look to the future where single-atom layers of graphite called graphene are used to transform everything from water filters to batteries? For us, graphite gets interesting around 4500 BCE, when the Boian culture in neolithic Europe began marking their pottery with geometric patterns in graphite. For the next six and a half millennia, humans have made marks with graphite, smearing it as powder, rubbing it as sticks, or casing it in wood to create the most versatile artistic instrument–the pencil.   - Reed Enger, Obelisk


Included in GRAPHITE and on-view through the month of June is work from our archives by Alex Kuno, Allison Sommers, Andrew K. Currey, Babs Webb, Bayo, Brandon Zimmerman, Brecken Bird, Christina Mrozik, Craww, Dave Correia, Ethan Price, Halsey Swain, Juliet Schreckinger, Lihao Lu, Lori Nelson, Marta Witkiewicz, Matt Gordon, Meagan Magpie Rodgers, Michael Reedy, Nicole Gustafsson, Paul Romano, Robert Kraiza, Shaun Beaudry, Shawn Russell, Ted Knighton, Tronvs, and Veronica Jaeger.

by Candice Musher

'GRAPHITE' will be on view from June 2nd - July 2nd, 2023.
Sold works will begin to ship the week of June 18th unless other rush shipping arrangements have been made.

All pieces marked with a red dot have been sold.

Payment plans are available - email to inquire.

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