Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present one sixteenth for every quarter and eighth, the first solo exhibition in New York of work by Brad Brown. These works on paper, including paintings, drawings, prints and collages, are the result of Brown's long-term exploration of ideas related to the acts of looking, obscuring, transforming and the indefinite postponement of closure. Though most of the works appear to be random doodles or free association drawings, they are often lyrical interpretations of art historical images, photographs and vintage cartoons from the 1920s.
The work on view in the main gallery is part of a new project that Brown structured after the 96 paragraphs in Samuel Beckett's Worstward Ho. The two centerpieces, for which the show is titled, are from a series of eight related works culled from a group of paintings and drawings on paper measuring 22 x 30 inches. Brown marks, paints and stains sheets of paper and then tears them into quarters, eighths and sixteenths. The sheets are then reassembled randomly but systematically into 90 x 120 inch objects that each consist of 96 quarters and eighths and 96 sixteenths. The twenty-four framed works that surround the larger pieces represent one-fourth of a series of 96 completed works from Brown's The Look Stains project.
Begun in 1987, The Look Stains was a single, unfinished, ever-growing project that amounted to tens of thousands of works on paper. It was never sold and never shown the same way twice. In 2001, Brown abruptly changed his approach to the project. "I am no longer introducing new pages into the project. Now each installation dislocates from the body and the project diminishes. A plug has been pulled from a drain, and the more I work, the less there is. The end of The Look Stains is when I am left with no more pages." The North and South galleries are filled with installations from The Look Stains in arrested configurations of 6 or 12 as well as a selection of prints related to the series.
The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, October 8, 2005. There will be an opening reception for the artist on September 8 from 6-8pm.
Larissa Goldston Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, 3rd floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-206-7887, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.larissagoldston.com.