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Harmony Korine

Fazors

February 8–March 24, 2016
Davies Street, London

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view, photo by Mike Bruce

Works Exhibited

Harmony Korine, Scapp Willter Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Scapp Willter Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Mmmm Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Mmmm Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Pro Stek Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Pro Stek Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Sluggy Cotton Jr, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Davis Gooch

Harmony Korine, Sluggy Cotton Jr, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Davis Gooch

Harmony Korine, Smiddy Circle, 2015 Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

Harmony Korine, Smiddy Circle, 2015

Oil on canvas, 84 × 102 inches (213.4 × 259.1 cm)
© Harmony Korine, photo by Rob McKeever

About

I’ve never really felt certain in the way things begin or end. It mostly exists in its own time and logic. More like a vision.
—Harmony Korine

Gagosian Davies Street is pleased to present Harmony Korine’s new “fazor” paintings.

“Fazor” alludes to the “phaser effect”: a musical swirl of oscillating sound that summons the hypno-psychedelic effects informing Korine’s latest series of paintings. The large-scale, concentric circles that characterize this series expand upon the line and checker paintings in their embrace of vibrant color combinations. Inspired by sun motifs from the 1960s and ’70s, the series conjures the Color Field paintings of Helen Frankenthaler, as well as the color spectrums of Robert Delaunay’s Rhythm painting series. A combination of oilstick, acrylic, and house paint is applied to canvas or, in certain cases, reclaimed artworks from Korine’s prior abstract series. The rings of each orb resemble the ripple effect, fanning out from a ten-sided star in the middle of each composition. The paintings also reveal improvisational marks, fingerprints, and inadvertent mistakes. Korine riffs on each work impulsively and embraces the physical vigor of repetition and pattern on a grand scale.

The Fazors oblige by the odd bliss of sensory assault; there is no beginning and no end to their effects. Like a tapestry at a head shop, a blazing star from MAD magazine, or a Bridget Riley optical trance, these paintings thrive on surface tension. In Korine’s figurative works, characters disappear and reemerge from a groundless terrain. Lurking ghosts and devilish characters fuse with dizzying loops at hyperspeed. Like Philip Guston’s fleshy abstractions, they are animated by his loose touch. Together, the Fazors describe a world that expands and contracts like processed sound—the dream merges with the nightmare to envelop the viewer in the shimmer of the absurd.

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