“We cannot achieve everything. If I am known as the artist who brought drawing to its most minute element, I’ll be happy.”
El Hanani has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1970s, including solo exhibitions at Nicole Klagsbrun in New York, Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. His work is in more than two-dozen museum collections, including those of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Flexner is involved, not so much with process, as with the technique of frottage in the tradition of surrealism. He brings forward the artistic visual culture of French Tachisme. The images suggest dreamlike, or manic lunar landscapes. Flexner’s works blur the line between illusionistic landscape and pure abstraction. Working with ink, he uses his breath, chance and gravity as his primary tools. Shane McAdams describes his methods:
“Flexner’s affinity for the finer qualities of sumi ink took him to Kyoto, Japan to study... “Prolonged interaction” here is relative, and “afterplay” is more precise than foreplay. While still wet on the surface of the paper, Flexner reworks each piece. The window of opportunity is narrow as the ink dries in minutes.”
Flexner’s recent exhibitions include shows at D’Amelio Gallery in New York, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, and Galeria Massimo Carlo in Milan. Flexner’s work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum.
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