Englander vividly captures the unique texture of endless days spent indoors. Using dizzying perspectives and radical foreshortening, Englander transforms ordinary objects - air conditioning units, mirrors, keyboards - into melted Dali-esque surfaces that are a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of conventional notions of cosmic order and the passage of time. Tilting perilously towards each other, these spindly coffee tables, warped shelves and granite-like sofas draw the viewer into a world that defies rationality.
“Start getting real”
“A weird little world in flux”
Top: David Hockney, iPad Drawing ‘No. 281’, 23rd July 2010
Bottom: Drew Englander, House Party II, 2022
Top left: David Hockney, Views of Hotel Well III, 1984–5 Photo: © Tate, London 2022
Top right: Henri Matisse, Red Interior: Still Life On A Blue Table, 1947. Collection of Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf. (Courtesy of www.HenriMatisse.org)
Bottom: Drew Englander, Lounge Act, 2022
REAL WORLD documents a unique time in contemporary human history. In the same manner that Surrealists responded to the uncertainties and chaos of a new world order in the aftermath of World War I with a search for meaning within the unconventional and uncanny, Englander captures the strange and fantastical within the day-to-day of pandemic life. He conjures up a world stranded somewhere between real life and hyperreality, revealing the richness and dynamism of the human consciousness, and effortlessly switching between technology, sports, music, entertainment, art history and domestic mundanity to reframe the collective experience of the past few years with absurdist wit. In Englander’s world, the boundaries between reality and unreality are constantly shifting; it is up to the viewer to choose which side they are on.
Drew Englander has been represented by WOAW Gallery since 2022.