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Mark Flores

David Kordansky Gallery

Amid the lush, tipped-in plates and eye-popping grids of pinks and oranges, yellows and greens in the masterly text of his 1961 classic The Art of Color, Bauhaus teacher Johannes Itten strikes an unexpectedly melancholic note: “When the individual dies, he blanches. His face and body lose color as the light of life is extinguished. The dead soulless matter of the corpse is devoid of chromatic emanation.” In his second solo exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery, in which Itten plays a leading role, Mark Flores negotiated the complex territory between formal color theory and the form of the human body, between the rationality of color arranged cartographically and the frequently irrational subjectivity of desire.

Central to this negotiation is Antinous, the teenage lover of Roman emperor Hadrian. Dying tragically—supposedly by drowning, though it is unknown whether his death was suicide,

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