For his second solo exhibition with C L E A R I N G, Calvin Marcus has trans- formed the gallery space into a panoramic eld of grass comprised of thirty-nine new paintings. Each canvas, an enlargement of a crayon on kraft-paper study, is expressively executed in rich green oil stick over sandy brown grounds. The grasses are made with different levels of density, some so sparse that they begin to feel like body hair.
Dispersed among these depictions of nature are mannered portraits of war-ravaged soldiers, rendered with exaggerated features; purple faces, blood-shot eyes, blue ngernails, orange hands. Their tongues lay curled and splayed out in a grotesque expression of pain and mockery.
Using the motif of the uniformed soldier, Marcus observes the relationship between individual and collective identities. He marks each body with a different sovereign ag, depicting a single universal condition. The title of the show, Were Good Men, reads like an epitaph where all of the soldiers, once vital and living and human, are served the same fate, in the same way, in the same eld, sinking back into the grass together.
Calvin Marcus - Were Good Men
C L E A R I N G, September 9 - October 30