New York

Richard Fleischner

Max Protetch Gallery

Richard Fleischner also works with basic forms—in whole suites of drawings. But his interest is less in image than in structure, less in the primal than in the primary. Though they do resemble houses, cages, corrals and the like, the forms in Fleischner’s drawings are not laden with associations. And yet it is significant that images of this sort are among the first that we draw as children, for these drawings investigate our first intuitions of representations.

The investigation is fundamental—how do lines define planes that in turn form volumes that construct space? Extended form, marked space, parameters and limits—these are the concerns of the drawings. Despite the interest in primary structures, these concerns are closer to those of earthwork art than of Minimalist sculpture.

But the drawings are about drawing; though notational, they are not studies for work in some other form.

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