Works on Paper:
Case Calkins, Damien Deroubaix, Roland Flexner, John Morris
March 31 – April 28, 2007
Opening Reception: March 30, 6-8pm
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present a group show of works on paper by four artists - Case Calkins, Damien Deroubaix, Roland Flexner, and John Morris, for whom drawing is a dominant element of their practice. The mediums employed are as varied as sumi ink, watercolor, colored pencil, wax, graphite, ballpoint pen, acrylic, and collage on paper.
John Morris and Roland Flexner create small drawings that are miniature universes within themselves. Roland Flexner’s abstractions are created with sumi ink transferred onto paper via an adapted Japanese decorative art technique called sumigashi. John Morris’ delicate and compositionally complex drawings feature built up surfaces and repetitive forms that reflect his fascination with systems and patterns.
Case Calkins and Damien Deroubaix large-scale works are intuitive, symbolic, and full of immediacy. Case Calkins’ drawings that are made up of flowing organic shapes and lines are simultaneously abstract and suggestive. Damien Deroubaix’ single work in the show titled “World Downfall” is unapologetically political and contains a set of charged symbols and characters often found in his oeuvre.
John Morris’ work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Roland Flexner’s numerous exhibitions include the 2006 Berlin Bienniale for Contemporary Arts, Berlin, Germany; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Since receiving his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2004, Case Calkins’ group exhibitions include Playspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA; ART 2102, Los Angeles, CA; and “Ask The Dust” at D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY. Damien Deroubaix has had a number of solo shows in Europe including a show at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France. In 2006 one of his large-scale drawings was shown at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany.