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Roland Flexner

Untitled, GI 26, 2012

Gold calligraphy ink on paper
14 3/4 × 16 3/8 in
37.5 × 41.6 cm
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Location
Paris, Brussels , Geneva
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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Roland Flexner
French, b. 1944
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Roland Flexner’s delicate works on paper are composed with black ink and soap, according to processes that invite elements of chance and gravity to act on the images. To create the marbleized effects and rich tonal qualities typical of Flexner’s work, he employs a technique based on the ancient Japanese decorative tradition of suminagashi, using ink, or “sumi”, and water; ink is floated on water in a tray and manipulated into shapes, then paper is dipped onto the surface of the water to transfer the image. Flexner can alter the image using a brush, or by blowing the ink before it dries. The resulting works, which could be mistaken for photographs, occupy a space between abstraction and hyperrealism, and evoke complex organic structures. He has also produced “bubble” drawings by blowing ink and soap bubbles through a hollow brush and bursting them onto paper, and graphite drawings of skulls and contorted faces.

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About the work
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Roland Flexner
French, b. 1944
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Roland Flexner’s delicate works on paper are composed with black ink and soap, according to processes that invite elements of chance and gravity to act on the images. To create the marbleized effects and rich tonal qualities typical of Flexner’s work, he employs a technique based on the ancient Japanese decorative tradition of suminagashi, using ink, or “sumi”, and water; ink is floated on water in a tray and manipulated into shapes, then paper is dipped onto the surface of the water to transfer the image. Flexner can alter the image using a brush, or by blowing the ink before it dries. The resulting works, which could be mistaken for photographs, occupy a space between abstraction and hyperrealism, and evoke complex organic structures. He has also produced “bubble” drawings by blowing ink and soap bubbles through a hollow brush and bursting them onto paper, and graphite drawings of skulls and contorted faces.

Roland Flexner

Untitled, GI 26, 2012

Gold calligraphy ink on paper
14 3/4 × 16 3/8 in
37.5 × 41.6 cm
Sold
Location
Paris, Brussels , Geneva
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