Georgia Kotretsos’ exhibition at Boots Contemporary Art Space, 10 Fingers 88 Teeth (open until Jan 7), is conceptual drawing that doesn’t forget either concepts or drawing. Conceptual drawing, which usually implies story more than visual experience, has potential that is often unrealized. I usually brace myself for clever shortcuts squeezed into craft-sized holes.
Not so with Kotretsos’ generous and feisty show. Tight compositions hold loose drawings. Labels and systems choreograph images of smashed and bleeding pianos, along with studies of the technical structures inside pianos that allow them to work. This is the best drawing show I’ve seen in several years. Don’t forget your checkbook.