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Calvin Marcus

Were Good Men

Softcover, 290 x 375 mm
112 pages

Text by Michael Darling
Edition of 600


This catalogue documents Calvin Marcus exhibition at C L E A R I N G, New York in 2016 where Marcus transformed the gallery space into a panoramic battlefield. The grasses are made with different levels of density, some so sparse that they begin to feel like body hair. Dispersed among these depictions of nature are mannered portraits of war-ravaged soldiers. Each of them is an enlargement of a crayon on kraft-paper study illustrated in the book. The title, Were Good Men, reads like an epitaph where all of the soldiers, once vital and living and human, are served the same fate, in the same way, in the same field, sinking back into the grass together.