Sneak Peak: Preview ART21’s Season 7 Episode With Leonardo Drew

As PBS stalwart ART21 gears up for its seventh season, we’ve partnered with the series to premiere exclusive clips from some of their upcoming episodes. Over the next five weeks, we’ll spotlight one new artist featured this season until the series premiere on October 24.

This week, take a look inside Brooklyn-based artist Leonardo Drew’s studio, where he gives viewers insight into how he makes decisions for the progression of artwork, creating new sections of a piece based on the ones that came before. Viewers can also see just how physical Drew’s practice is — the artist wears a weightlifting belt and gloves while working.

Drew often uses wood, metal, iron, paper, and various organic materials that have been treated and weathered to create large-scale sculptures and installations that explore space and create new, dynamic architectural environments. In the first episode of season seven, “Investigation,” Drew, along with Thomas Hirschhorn and Graciela Iturbide, explores how artists use their practice to challenge what we know as truth.

ART21’s “Art in the Twenty-First Century” premieres October 24 at 10pm on PBS.

— Alanna Martinez (@lanna_martinez)

(Production still from the ART21 “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 7 episode, “Investigation,” 2014. © ART21, Inc. 2014.)