Fergus McCaffrey, Tokyo
For this exhibition at Fergus McCaffrey Tokyo, the artist will showcase ten of his new “Orient” drawings. The Orient drawings are produced through a dynamic interplay between the artist’s exertion and the materials he employs. A dense, black mixture made-up of variations of the pigment—from impasto, to etching ink, and silica—is spread across a flat surface onto which a robust paper is then pressed. Using only a steel implement and the physical weight of his body, Serra moves the tincture, creating unique applications. In avoiding all decision regarding the eventual surface of his work, the artist adjusts this black mass through its gestural, yet blind, manipulation. The leaden texture of the imprints results from the eventual pulling of the paper away from its bed of black substance, concluding in rich viscous irregularities.
This series of new drawings, all from 2018, titularly recognize the place in which they were produced: Orient, New York, on the Northern tip of Long Island. Characterized by the artist’s longstanding concerns with weight and process, these works avoid the trappings of metaphor and connotation, reveling instead in the physical qualities of the drawings’ material.