For over 25 years, New York-based artist Roxy Paine has been creating sculptures and installations – ranging from the small to the monumental – that somehow fuse industrial and organic forms to explore the tension between the natural and manmade worlds.
Now, for the first-time ever, the artist is exhibiting solely his works on paper. “Roxy Paine: Thermoplastic Flux,” showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan until October 22 and curated by writer and curator Judith Goldman, shines the spotlight on the artist’s drawings. Much like his sculptural art, these works examine knowledge and how vital information is disseminated. When grouped together, as they are now at the gallery, the drawings clearly mirror Paine’s sculptures, acting perhaps as precursors to large, three-dimensional installations that the artist plans to create.
The drawings on display, all of which are executed by hand, highlight Paine’s skill as a draftsman, while offering an intriguing layering of imagery – from diagrammatic to topographic to pixelated. There are architectural plans, botanical forms and organic matter juxtaposed with portraits and cartography, exploring themes such as boundaries and regulations, in order to better understand complex structures and systems.
Paine’s arresting installations have in the past been exhibited at prestigious New York venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Central Park, Madison Square Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, institutions such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art all have Paine artworks as part of their permanent collections.
In parallel with the Paul Kasmin exhibit, Paine’s dramatic dioramas are now showing at the Columbus College of Art and Design’s Beeler Gallery in Ohio. And in spring 2017, his latest sculptures will be displayed at Paul Kasmin Gallery.