New York

David Robilliard

Hirschl & Adler Modern

David Robilliard’s drawings and paintings have the casually accomplished grace of thumbnail sketches. Characterized by spontaneous, childlike linear drawing, Robilliard’s style shares affinities with Andy Warhol’s pre-Pop manner. There’s also a confluence of concerns reflected in the preponderance of pretty boys and intimate fetishes (one of Robilliard’s drawings bears the text: “A Little Boy with a Toy A Little Girl with a Curl”). Like Warhol’s work Robilliard’s is precious but seldom cloying.

Robilliard combines his sparse imagery with tersely poetic texts, almost all of which allude to a desire not specifically erotic or romantic yet one obeying inexorable laws of attraction. Words and images commingle in a state of mannered disarray. In certain pieces, the texts form a scrim through which we see the pictures; in Tidal Surge, 1987, for example, the delicate profile of a young blond girl

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