Prospect Drawing #1
DIMENSIONS 5.125" x 8" MEDIUM unique gouache drawing on paper, 2016
This original drawing is signed on the back by the artist
Painted in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, these ten original works on paper by artist Ross Simonini represent his ongoing collaboration with nature. Using found sticks and blades of grass to apply paint to the paper as well as site-specific botanical elements like berries and flowers, Simonini creates abstract, psychological landscapes with a similar energy to 1920s Fauvism and Surrealism. Simonini continues an experimentation with constrained gesture by giving himself the challenge of painting with his non-dominant hand and even both of his feet. This loss of control facilitates an exploratory process wherein Simonini develops errant marks into figures emerging out of an intuitive chaos.