ODD ARK•LA is pleased to announce The Symmetry of Separation, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Brian Randolph. In each of these recent ink on paper works, Randolph has used a restrained drawing vocabulary of vertical and diagonal lines to create a complex symmetrical field configuration. Interconnected patterns in rows like lines of abstract multi-dimensional text emerge from the center of a highly ordered nest, blurred towards the edge by a visual delay.
With titles like Pulse Scroll and Breathing Page the drawings visualize a kind of illuminated manuscript floating in hyperspace. A swarm of component parts hanging together in a fragile balance, evoking the bioelectric field of the body, the vibrating superstrings of theoretical physics, and the emerging and dissolving patterns of light seen in altered states of consciousness.
Randolph’s works are resonant with the time spent making them and the patient cultivation of a precise image drawn by hand. Imperfections in the line, slight compressions of the grid, traces of erased graphite and the handling of the paper remain as an index of a diligent process.
Brian Randolph received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001. His work has appeared in solo exhibitions at Gallery Four and School 33 in Baltimore. In 2017, Randolph was included in Parallel Cities at Ms. Barber's, and Set The Table at BBQ LA, both in Los Angeles. Other group exhibitions include Tillou Fine Art and Spring Break Art Show, New York, LAVA Projects, Steve Turner Gallery, and La Cienega Projects, Los Angeles, and Zic Zerp in Rotterdam.
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