Derek Eller Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works on paper by David Dupuis.
Dupuis' intimate drawings are like pages of a diary suffused with longing, sexual desire, and the attendant experiences of solitude and despair. Meticulously rendered, using color pencil, graphite, and collage, each drawing is a world unto itself, populated by swirling biomorphic forms and male figures, often in states of undress. Like his predecessors Louise Bourgeois, Juan Miro, James Ensor, and Jean Delville, sex, death, and an aspiration for beauty haunt his work.
"His body which I had come to know so well, glowed in the light and charged and thickened the air between us. Then something opened in my brain, a secret, noiseless door swung open, frightening me: it had not occurred to me until that instant that in fleeing from his body, I confirmed and perpetuated his body's power over me. Now, as though I had been branded, his body was burned into my mind, into my dreams, and all this time he did not take his eyes from me." James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room
David Dupuis' work was recently included in Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; It's Always Summer on the Inside, organized by Dan McCarthy, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY; B-Out, curated by Scott Hug, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY; and Hair and Skin, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY. His work is included in a number of museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Dupuis lives and works in New York City. This will be his eighth solo exhibition at the gallery.