Case Calkins, Damien Deroubaix, Roland Flexner, and John Morris, are artists for whom drawing is a dominant element of their practice. The mediums employed are as varied as sumi ink, watercolor, colored pencil, wax, graphite, ballpoint pen, acrylic, and collage on paper.
John Morris and Roland Flexner create small drawings that are miniature universes within themselves. Roland Flexner’s abstractions are created with sumi ink transferred onto paper via an adapted Japanese decorative art technique called sumigashi. John Morris’ delicate and compositionally complex drawings feature built up surfaces and repetitive forms that reflect his fascination with systems and patterns.
Case Calkins and Damien Deroubaix large-scale works are intuitive, symbolic, and full of immediacy. Case Calkins’ drawings that are made up of flowing organic shapes and lines are simultaneously abstract and suggestive. Damien Deroubaix’ single work in the show titled “World Downfall” is unapologetically political and contains a set of charged symbols and characters often found in his oeuvre.