Roland Flexner, ‘Untitled, GI 26’, 2012, Galerie Nathalie Obadia

About Roland Flexner

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.

French, b. 1944, Nice, France, based in New York, NY, United States

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