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Richard Colman Presents 'Sometimes it’s a Flower, Sometimes it’s a Weed'

On view at Louis Buhl & Co. in Detroit.

Richard Colman is an American artist best known for blending figurative iconography with geometric abstractions. Each of Colman’s vibrant paintings are executed with a masterful eye for symmetry and contain striking symbolism that comments on themes regarding sexuality, social hierarchies and the duality between life and death.

On view at Louis Buhl & Co., Colman is presenting his latest solo exhibition titled Sometimes it’s a Flower, Sometimes it’s a Weed. The show was partly inspired by his time living on his Connecticut-farm-turned-studio, where the space and solitude allowed for a period of respite and reflection.

The resulting paintings showcase elongated figures whose genderless bodies serve as both a fortress from outside judgment, while simultaneously acting as the very clues to an unfolding narrative. Colman explained that “one of the foundational aspects of the geometric figure paintings is the attempt at perfection, a goal almost impossible to reach. That, I think, is relevant to most of us as people, as we often want to give our best while being aware of our shortcomings and our imperfections. It is a very human quality, a quality I like these paintings to represent.”

Sometimes it’s a Flower, Sometimes it’s a Weed is approaching its final days on view and will conclude at Louis Buhl & Co. in Detroit on October 8.

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Louis Buhl & Co.
1260 Library Street Alley
Detroit, MI 48226

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