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Roland Flexner, Untitled, 2012, liquid graphite on Yupo, 9 x 12".

Roland Flexner

D'Amelio Gallery

Roland Flexner, Untitled, 2012, liquid graphite on Yupo, 9 x 12".

Automatism meets science fiction meets the sublime landscape in the one hundred works on paper (all Untitled, 2012) that, along with a single large painting in metal leaf on canvas dating from 1984, made up Roland Flexner’s recent show. Most of the drawings were presented as groups of nine or ten, but they were best taken in either as an overwhelming mass or one by one—that is, as so many manifestations of processes insistently repeated, or as singular expressions of the ever-changing play between intention and chance. Flexner once told the critic Faye Hirsch that his project is twofold: on the one hand, a quasi-scientific endeavor geared toward “documenting the flow of ink and the characteristics of the medium,” and on the other, a pictorial one, concerned with the production of images, each with its own individual character. The investigation of the medium is what becomes

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