Zieher Smith & Horton inaugurate their collaboration with a survey spanning over 20 years featuring 75 drawings, books and objects by French artist Philippe Weisbecker. Ranging from structural peculiarities to gravestones to objects of interior design and what the artist aptly dubs “workshop utilities,” his renderings serve as an elaborate platform for the visual Flaneur whose practice is informed by decades of careful study of the history of art, design, architecture and the persistent act of making in multiple media.

Working principally on careworn, antique paper, Weisbecker’s eye for the local is informed by a deep understanding of the strange and the useful, evoking from them a sophisticated simplicity. Weisbecker has said “When I go to a new town, I don’t go to the art museum; I go to the hardware store.” Far from utilitarian, however, the drawings themselves are collapsed essences of the forms they depict.

In one series, titled “Structures Elementaire,” Weisbecker summons Sol LeWitt by way of flattened radio towers created with a hand-made soft edge and warmth that turns fact into epiphany. Indulgent and elemental, the vibe approaches worship. Steeped in Minimalism and Art Brut, Weisbecker manages to find a way for the two disparate strains to comfortably commingle.

Evoking those tricky interstices, the artist writes “I like the way the object… passes from three to two dimensions, the dimensions of the support. The object no longer has any protruding angles or sides to allow my mind to apprehend or examine it. In the space between its carapace, which offers itself to view, and its support, from which it is now indissociable, resides all its mystery.”

Born in 1942, Philippe Weisbecker was raised in France. From 1966 to 1968 he lived in Tunisia and lived in New York City from 1968 until 2006. He now divides his time between Barcelona and Paris. He has exhibited and published widely in the United States, France, Japan, Spain, Belgium and Italy. This is his first exhibition with the gallery.