I draw most of the time.
I draw where ever I am.
I draw to be alone with myself.
I draw to discover and clarify my thoughts.
I draw to concentrate on my thoughts.
I draw to visualise my thoughts.
I draw to construct upon my thoughts.
I draw to convince myself some thoughts are worth persuing.
All my drawings are thoughts about sculpture.
An accumulation of my thoughts into drawings become journals. For me, they are less self consicious and more honest than written diaries.
Ninety-nine percent of the time I draw from the vantage point of looking down upon three-dimensional space or a specific space (plan views). This enables me to get a very clear sense of the sculpture (elements, proportions, shapes, locations, placements, distances, etc.) with in a space.
I think spatially and draw diagrammatically. Drawings are more like architectural floor plans or maps. They function similar to visual score, and can be enlarged or expanded upon with out changing the basic content. They are only possibilitie, and not absolutes.
Small drawings and sketches are direct and intimate, with out strategies, with out an audience. Some are good ideas, some are not so good, but they are not edited. They are the core of my sculptural thoughts and allow me to visualize ideas and scale with in a space with out moving beyond handwriting distance.
Medium to large drawings are decision making drawings, and call for decisions with in three areas:
1. the sculpture,
2. the drawing,
3. combining them together.
More physical in presentation and process, large drawings not only allow me to visualize the sculpture, but to experience ist presence.
No matter what size I make a drawing it is never so precious that it can not be changed. I staple, cut out, tape, glue and combine drawings. Since they are about sculpture, I use these methods to jar my sensibility, and to superimpose or combine one sculpturak concern with another; to destroy the expected and the familiar, to keep the sculptural thoughts on a state of flux or transition.
Each period of sculpture determines my choices and investigations of how to make a drawing: materials, medium, size, shape, procedure, etc. For example, if I am trying to visualize multiple locations and arrangements of three or four different elements with in a space, and there are a number of possible locations and arrangements of these, these problems determine the choices. The size and shape of the paper will be the specific space for the sculpture, the elements will be translated into shape, proportion, and scale to that piece of paper by stencils and/or cut outs. I will move and mark these arrangements and locations of the elements, and when finding the one that solves the problem it is filled in (stencil) or glued down (cut out). This allows me to concentrate on the sculpture and ist relations in the space with out having to think about the drawing.
I use each period of sculpture to change the way I make and the way I think about drawing.
Each sculptural period presents new problems.
Each sculptural period presents new problems in drawing.
Text by Barry Le Va: Notes by the Artisit, In: Barry Le Va. Zeichnungen 1965–1993, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München / Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Schloß Morsbroich, 1994
Barry Le Va is born in Long Beach, California
(lives and works in New York City)
Studies of Mathematics and Architecture at California State University, Long Beach
Studies at Los Angeles College of Art & Design
Studies at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County
Instructor Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Young Talent Grant des Los Angeles County Museum
Professorship for Advanced Sculpture at Princeton University, New Jersey
Grant of the John Simon Guggenheim Memomorial Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
Hugo Boss Prize, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Selected Solo Shows
Barry Le Va – Dia:Beacon, New York
Barry Le Va. Munich-Africa 1992–1995 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Barry Le Va. Network – David Nolan Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
Silent Readings – David Nolan Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. Large Scale Collages 1985–1991 – Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
Barry Le Va. Early Installations – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
The Floor Show. Gravity and Materials – Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Barry Le Va. The Italian Project. Monica in Grey, Grey and Black – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. 3 drawings, 1974 – The National Exemplar Gallery, New York
Ink on Paper, Cut and Glued to Ink on Paper. 1983–1988 – David Nolan Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va – Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
Sculptures and Drawings. 1966–2008 (Part 1) – Nolan Judin, Berlin
Barry Le Va. Hands, Handles, Blades: Cleaver Configurations 1969–2009 – Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. Munich Diary-African Sketchbook – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Voltage – David Nolan Gallery, New York
Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Double Join – Metropol Kunstraum, Munich (cat.)
Zeichnungen und Collagen – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Barry Le Va – Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Porto
Barry Le Va – Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va – Mary Boone Gallery (in cooperation with David Nolan Gallery), New York
Drawings and Sculpture – Danese, New York
9g-Wagner Diagrams. ICA Variations – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York
Accumulated Vision – Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
A Survey of Drawings 1966–2003 and Two New Sculptures – Galerie Juerg Judin, Zurich (cat.)
Barry Le Va. Scrapbooks. Livres à dessins 1998–2003 – Cabinet des estampes du Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva (cat.)
Farbholzschnitte und Lithografien 1987–1991 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Black on Blue. Diagrams for Double-Tiered Sculpture – Danese, New York
Zeichnungen 1966–2000 – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Barry Le Va. A Decade of Drawings – Texas Gallery, Houston
Recent Drawings. Early Works – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York
Zeichnungen Collagen Überarbeitete Fotos – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Nelly Aman Gallery, Tel Aviv
Barry Le Va – Corvi-Mora, London
Barry Le Va. Selected Drawings from 1982 to 1998 – Norwood Gallery, Austin, Texas
Barry Le Va. Diagrammatic Silhouettes. Large Scale Drawings from 1987 – Danese, New York
Catalogued Confined. Sculpture and Drawings – Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
Barry Le Va – Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
Barry Le Va. Zeichnungen von 1967 bis 1996 – Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden (cat.)
Smatterings. Works on Paper 1967–1998 – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Diagrams of Thought. Drawings 1994–1996 – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York (cat.)
Recovered · Catalogued · Confined – Danese, New York
Bunker Coagulations – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Arbeiten auf Papier 1995–1996 – Galerie Zell am See, Zell am See
Barry Le Va. Recent Works – Galerie Georges-Philippe Vallois, Paris
Barry Le Va. Pages from a Sketchbook. Japanese Lacquerware – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. Sculptures Part II – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. Sculptures Part I – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Munich Diary-African Sketchbook und Barry Le Va. Zeichnungen 1965–93 – Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich; Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Schloss Morsbroich (cat.)
Barry Le Va. Drawings for Work in Progress – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York
Installation et œuvres sur papier des années soixante – Galerie Georges-Philippe Vallois, Paris
Dreaded Intrusions.Institutional Templates. Studies for Combinations and Arrangements of Sculpture Occupying Wall and Floor Areas, Lithographs and Collages 1989–1991 – Galerie Jahn und Fusban, Munich (cat.)
Barry Le Va. The Texas Variations. Drawings for combinations and arrangements of 3 sculptures from the series Dissected Situations – David Nolan Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. Woodblock Prints and Related Drawings – David Nolan Gallery, New York
Recent Drawings – Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Barry Le Va. Glass, Bullets, Cleavers, 1968–1970 – Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (cat.)
Barry Le Va – Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo (cat.)
Barry Le Va. 1966–88 – Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase
Barry Le Va – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Barry Le Va. Drawings and Collages 1966–1986 – Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Barry Le Va. Arbeiten auf Papier 1966–1975 – Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne
Barry Le Va. Drawings and Collages 1966–1986 – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Drawings. 1981–1984 – Texas Gallery, Houston
Barry Le Va. Large Sculpture, Drawings, Diagrammatic Silhouettes – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
P.S.1 – Long Island City, New York
Beaver College (today: Arcadia University), Glenside
Drawings – Yarlow / Salzman Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Barry Le Va. Recent Drawings – The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Recent Drawings – Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Michelle Lachowsky, Brussels
Expanding Foundations. Eliminating Foundations, a three-room installation – Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Otis Art Institute (today: Otis College of Art and Design), Los Angeles
Barry Le Va. Drawings – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Barry Le Va. Drawings 1967–77 – Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, California (cat.)
Barry Le Va. Four Consecutive Installations & Drawings, 1967–1978 – New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (cat.)
Accumulated Vision. Extended boundaries – Wright State University Art Gallery, Dayton, Ohio (cat.)
Barry Le Va. Installation – Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles
Barry Le Va – Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Sonnabend Gallery, Paris
Accumulated Vision (Stages 1 & 2). Length Ratios – Texas Gallery, Houston
Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles
Two Installations. 1967 – Bykert Gallery, New York
Installation and Drawings – Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco
Claire Copley Gallery, Los Angeles
Barry Le Va. Organisation Spatiale, Dessins, Espace 5 – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal (cat.)
Galleria Toselli, Milan
Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, Connecticut
Six Drawings – Texas Gallery, Houston (further presentations until 2001)
Bykert Gallery, New York
Galerie Felix Handshin, Basel
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne
Ursula Wevers Gallery Projection, Cologne
University of Utrecht, Utrecht
Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Barry Le Va – Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne (further presentations until 1988)
One Piece – Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Two Revolving Exhibitions – Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Presentation of the sculpture Velocity. Impact Run-Energy Drain – University Gallery of Fine Art, Ohio State University, Columbus
Selected Group Shows
40+10+1 – Jahn und Jahn, Munich
Plan View – Jahn und Jahn, Munich
Works on Paper – Danese, New York
Moved – Hunter College, City University of New York, New York
Symmetries. Siah Armajani, Richard Artschwager, Barry Le Va, Sol Lewitt, Sculpture and drawings – Senior and Shopmaker, New York
Black / White – Danese, New York
Phenomenal Bodies – Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway
From Pop to Now – Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Five Sculptors Drawing. Drawings from the Seventies – Nolan / Eckman Gallery, New York
After Image. Drawing Through Process – Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Retrospective – Sonnabend, New York
Topologies – White Box, New York
Drawings from the Sixties. Mel Bochner, Barry Le Va, Keith Sonnier, Richard Tuttle – Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Bill Jensen, Barry Le Va, Pat Steir New Work – Danese, New York
Deep Thought II – Basilico Fine Arts, New York
Laying Low – Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
Barry Le Va, Fred Sandback – Verein für Original-Radierung, Munich
Information – Museum of Modern Art, New York (cat.)
Two Painters and a Sculptor – California State College, Los Angeles
New Comers ’67 – Lytton Center of Visual Arts, Los Angeles