Convenient Gratification: Derek Lerner exhibits at Robert Henry Contemporary in New York

Derek Lerner obsessively explores dualities and conflicting ideas about both his urge to create and its effects on the environment. Through thousands of lines rendered in pen and ink on paper the micro/macro qualities of his drawings never allow for a certainty of place, offering a visual representation this conflict through the shifting perspective. As Lerner's fictional landscapes meander across the paper, growing outward as layer upon layer is applied, they depict a co-mingling of human-made and natural systems and the tensions between those forces. The elements of each composition multiply and attach themselves to one another or consume others like fungi, cancer or suburbs encroaching on open land. He coalesces questions about how complex systems work, about parasites, pesticides and poisons, genetically modified foods, over-consumption and over-

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