Details:

This meticulously rendered drawing is made of dense, built-up layers of graphite on paper. The artist depicts this shovel with a religious attention to detail, a standard historically associated with marketing.
Framed: 32.2 x 24.8 x 1.5 in.
Note: for any works placed 10/1-10/11, this work will ship on 10/11.

① Artwork:

Untitled (shovel)

This drawing is made of dense, built-up layers of graphite on paper. The gestural pencil marks are meticulously rendered, and slowly build a thick velvet-like surface that draws attention to the object's fleeting ephemeral apogee. This composition is part of a series by the artist, skin. Each work is encased in a welded aluminum frame, part of the work itself. The frame has a polished finish, weight and durability similar to that of a pristine heavy-duty crescent wrench.

Drawing from his work in advertising, Givis creates direct work that focuses on physical form and personal narrative—while endeavoring to capture a kind of subjective beauty and mortality. Walking through hardware stores, Givis chooses tools and hardware for subjects. The artist hunts for proportions, lines, weight, machining and shape that suit his objective. Givis renders each of his objects with a religious attention to detail, a standard historically associated with the marketing of automobiles and beauty products. As with his advertising work, the artist's aim is to create an image that evokes the desire of consumption. The resulting compositions are seductive, and explore both sexuality and art history.

Specs:

22 inches
30 inches
with frame
24.75 inches
32.25 inches

③ Artist:

Edward Givis

Edward Givis’ work explores sexuality and art history, as well as his upbringing in rural Upstate New York. For subjects, the artist chooses tools from hardware stores that suit his ideal proportions and renders these objects with a religious attention to detail usually associated with marketing. Drawing from his work in advertising, Givis creates direct works that focus on physical form and personal narrative—while simultaneously capturing a kind of subjective beauty and mortality.

Edward Givis:
Untitled (shovel), 2022
Graphite on paper
30.0 × 22.0 inches /
Edward Givis:
Untitled (shovel), 2022
Graphite on paper
30.0 × 22.0 inches /