In Not The Sum Of Its Parts, Just The Parts at Joseph Gross Gallery, artists Jesse Draxler and Chad Wys rip apart and question the use of traditional arts materials, rediscovering and reevaluating the limits of the surface.
The title of the show is a reactionary statement against the Aristotelian philosophy that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Rather, the title attempts to highlight, in a multilayered approach, that each part is essential, individual, unique, and not-to-be overlooked in its contribution to the “whole”. Both artists utilize this principle in their practice.
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