Free Hand – New Work from Mark Shusterman

December 21st, 2023 through January 13th, 2024

Mark Shusterman has been residing in Denver his entire adult life, although he’s spent much of the last 10 years touring internationally with the band Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats as a founding member and keyboardist. Before the band’s success, Mark was a fixture of the Denver art and music scenes. His previous musical work was in the bands Widowers, The Blue Rider, Amlamas and many others. He was also the co founder of Win Wear, an art collective responsible for creating experiential art shows in the Denver area. The past few years has brought drawing back into his life as a way to find peace and focus amidst constant travel. 

‘Free Hand’ presents a series of meditative drawings created while on tour. The space between sound checks and shows, cities and the studio, flights and the tour bus. The movements reflect nature, especially systems of growth. Lines sprout lines, like yeast and fungus. Mounds of marks rise and sink on the page forming pockets of detailed patterns. Gestures snake and coil like rope—quick and fleeting in moments and in other instances grounded by muscular enunciations of the pen.