"Closer to the Bone" accompanied an exhibit of drawings by Jonathan Soard, September 16 - October 16, 2010 at Gibson Gallery, the museum of State University of New York (SUNY), Potsdam.
30 works from 2008 to 2010 are included in this full-color, soft cover, catalog. An artist's statement is included with a Director's Statement from April Vasher-Dean, and three essays by, respectively, Stephen Henderson, Jean Kane, and Daniel Maidman who are authors and artists in their own right.
I am most at peace while drawing. I’m in the moment, chewing up a shape in space. Drawing the figure – raw, vulnerable, naked, even flayed – is a conduit for understanding not only the form but also what lies beneath the surface. Gross anatomy per se isn’t my concern. Rather, there’s something sensual, nearly succulent, about discovering what is hidden. I see the live animal as I draw the carcass. I see the spirit as I draw the body. For me, creating art is not necessarily to portray or represent. It is, rather, a tactile and intellectual experience that leads to spiritual ingestion. To draw is to devour.