John E. (Jack) Drummer (1935-2013), Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, c. 1962; oil on tin, cardboard, and wood, 14 1/4 x 34 1/2 overall (14 1/4 x 11 1/2 each); Gift of Ben Perrone, 1994
Burchfield Penney highlights monumental works of Jack Drummer in The Buffalo News
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Nobody painted like Jack Drummer.
His imposing canvases of the 1990s – stretched with rubber, woven with organic material, slicked with tar, sometimes slathered with cynicism – seem to speak of an impossible darkness obscuring some persistent hope. They’re about what it was like to live and seek meaning in the second half of the 20th century. Not an easy task, but one that inspired Drummer to create hundreds of inventive abstractions, each with its own gravitational pull on the soul.
Highlights from that body work and many others will go on view in “Jack Drummer: The Effects of Time,” opening Feb. 12 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.). It is the first major exhibition of Drummer’s work since the famously independent artist’s death in 2013