New York

Patrick Ireland

Parsons-Dreyfuss Gallery

Patrick Ireland’s drawings result from a coordination of distinct (but not disparate) impulses. The systematic, even systemic, ordering of elements is a prominent factor in his art, but not as prominent as in that of his American contemporaries—“preconceptualists” such as Sol LeWitt, Mel Bochner, and Dorothea Rockburne, the thrust of whose work has been the explication of information as image. These artists’ recent tendency to stress the magic aspect of their art (paradoxically but deliberately enhancing the impact of the information) has long been a characteristic of Ireland’s work.

The drawings in this exhibition, dating from 1970 to the present, demonstrate not only that Ireland deduced this “decorative” approach to systems before the others did, but that his methods are particularly oriented toward visual and physical (as opposed to purely rational) generative processes. The operational

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