Douglas Florian "Dawn Thieves"

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poster for Douglas Florian "Dawn Thieves"

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BravinLee programs presents its third one person exhibition of new paintings by Douglas Florian.

The work in the exhibition was painted over the last five years. They obliquely reference geology, paleontology, anatomy, zoology, and cartography, among other things. The title of the exhibition, Dawn Thieves, refers to Eoraptor, one of the worlds earliest dinosaurs, and Greek for “dawn thief.”

This is his first exhibition of paintings on wood. He has previously been known for his gouaches and collage on paper. Florian is a noted poet and author and has written verse regarding his change to oil on wood.

Why Wood?

I work on wood.
On grooves and grain.
I push it with paint,
But the wood don’t complain.

I work on wood:
With gnarls and knots.
Revealing, concealing,
And peeling in spots.

I work on wood.
With pictures iconic:
Centered, adventured,
But never ironic.

I work on wood:
Spliced slices of tree.
I work on the wood
And the wood works on me.

Douglas Florian lives and works in New York City. He has had solo exhibitions at Yeshiva University Museum and at the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Drawing Center, The Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and at The New York State Museum at Albany. Florian is also a children's book author and illustrator and a show of his poems and paintings is on view at Poets House, in New York through April 28th.

[Image: Douglas Florian "With Leaden Legs" (2011) oil on wood, 19 x 26 in.]



from March 28, 2012 to May 05, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-03-28 from 18:00 to 20:00


Douglas Florian

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