The drawings of Will South at the Loge Gallery (Pioneer Memorial Theater through May 19) are sublimely crafted scraps of nature and humanity that, more often than not, rise above the standard art-gallery pen-and-pencil fare, luring the viewer into a liaison with form, shadow and line.
South's ink renderings of California trees are stark yet winsome; twisting and turning, each sinewy branch stretches its way skyward with graceful fluidity, each thick torso trunk grapples with and embraces the soil. While visually severe due to the strength of line execution, the trees also have an approachable, anthropomorphic quality to them, as if one is observing the exposed, tired back and neck muscles of a favored grandfather.Most of South's figure sketches are in varying stages of completion; "Allison 81" is nothing more than line and the suspicion of shadow, yet the positioning of the incredibly accurate figure against the ground makes for a striking statement.
In several pieces, South has incorporated pastel with graphite. This union makes for subtle tones that serve to enhance the already serene subject and composition of the drawing.
If at all possible, take the time to visit the Loge Gallery (even if you don't have tickets to PMT's "Guys and Dolls").
You won't be disappointed.