Gray fuzz

Drawings by Salvatore Victor

“You never master it,” are the first words Sacramento-based Floridian Salvatore Victor claims in his Zenlike artist statement regarding the act of drawing. And there is something Zen about his drawings, too; frankly titled, large, charcoal-on-paper depictions of everyday items such as shoes, clothing or toys look like meditations in tones of gray. These dominating tones create a fuzzy softness, occasionally accented by punctuation of black, as in “Jeans on a Hanger,” where a sturdy pair of jeans hang on a wispy black wire hanger. The vulnerability of the fragile hanger is visible, as is the actual state of the drawings themselves, since all but two are unframed, tacked or taped onto the wall.