L Magazine

Editor's Pick

November 21, 2012

Chance and Necessity by Robert Lansden
October 19 - November 25, 2012

Painstakingly composed, executed with no apparent procedural traces and mesmerizing in their warps and wefts, Robert Lansden's rigorously detailed drawings on view at Robert Henry Contemporary seem to evidence very little of the 'chance' in the exhibition's title, the tail end of a quote by Democritus regarding the two primary impetuses of existence. Obsession and compulsion—and perhaps a rather strictly structural form of coincidence—come to mind much more readily as one takes in the fine lines and finer interstices of these abstract, mostly monochromatic renderings in watercolor, ink, gouache and felt tip pens. Don't be surprised, at any rate, if these presumably self-meditative drawings gradually draw you to meditate, too.     — Paul D'Agostino, The L Magazine

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