Untitled (tree), 2016

This pencil drawing by Aidan Koch has the feeling of being plucked directly from the artist’s consciousness. Separated from landscape and freed from contextual information, the work is part of a series that illuminates the comic artist’s subtle difference, highlighting Koch’s discerning view and formal sensitivities. The subjects of the drawings are single, isolated figures, text blocks and objects in the center of a blank page. Though they could be studies for a larger mise-en-scène, they can also be viewed as complete works. The drawings reveal something that is understated, seemingly effortless, and often subsumed by the many other elements at play in her comics. In these the quality of self-possession is laid bare. Allowed to idle in blankness, we are witness to the subjects’ self-containment; and in this, the deliberacy and specificity of Koch’s attention.

Aidan Koch, b. 1988 Seattle, WA, is an artist and graphic novelist who lives and works in Landers, California. Her solo exhibitions include those at 14A Galerie, Hamburg; Signal Gallery, Brooklyn; Open Space, Baltimore; Weekends, London; and Park View/Paul Solo in Los Angeles. She has shown work in group exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Hester Gallery, and Company in New York; DREI, Cologne; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris; and more. Publications include Little Angels, published by MoMA PS1; Heavenly Sea published in The Paris Review Summer 2015 issue; and Impressions published by Peradam Press.

Graphite on paper

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