the loss

Richard Serra
Gagosian, 2010

Throughout his career, Serra has made drawings not as precursors to sculptural works, but as separate, immediate, and fundamental lines of investigation, translating intentions into marks. His drawings are explorations in their own right, integral to the overall concerns of his sculptural practice, and unique intuitive explorations within their own established criteria.

Serra began working on Greenpoint Rounds in late spring of 2009. In these large-scale works which each measure 80 inches square, a large black circle is embedded in the surface of the heavy paper. Serra uses paint-stick, heating it to a viscous and sometimes fluid state. He slowly builds up the dense and irregular form so that each drawing has its own unique surface that appears as a palpable structure rather than a mere surface. Each drawing exerts a vastly different energy and exudes a singular character.