Motivated by interests in the interactions of art, architectural theory, music and science, Robert Strati’s work draws from musical notations, engineering schematics, architectural plans, alphabets, nodal networks and maps. Strati’s archival Ink-jet prints and sculptures in wire, balloons and packing tape are formalist explorations of two and three-dimensional space that seek to expose subtle, sometimes unseen aspects of our lived experience.
In 16 new drawings in ink or watercolor on paper, New Orleans based artist Robert Lansden obsessively repeats the same mark over and over searching for a contemplative space as a metaphor for the experience of the infinite. His colorful, repetitive, mark-laden abstractions blend thoughts about existence and the nature of being from ancient Greece with Eastern religions and contemporary Western Philosophies.
In ink on paper, Colin Keefe draws meticulously crafted plan views of built fictitious environments constructed with design principles gathered from diverse sources such as the reproductive processes of plants, the propulsion methods of micro-organisms, urban planning and architectural theory.
Robert Henry Contemporary is pleased to present Mapping the Equivocal featuring the work of Phillip Buntin, Derek Lerner and Robert Walden. A map is a representation of space or place, or of phenomena as they exist in space. Maps project a three-dimensional space on a 2-D plane, usually much smaller than the actual space being mapped. The best maps are often considered to be the most accurate ones, however, the assumptions, intentions, biases and preferences of the mapmaker subjectify every map. Maps convey nonlinear and simultaneous knowledge. In a single glance a viewer can tell what’s going on over the whole map at a single moment in time, a Gestalt. The three artists in this exhibition use what could be considered “thematic maps” to explore ideas related to hermeneutics, biology, environmental degradation and ontology.
With a predilection for both the homogeneity of pattern and the heterogeneity of change Andrew Zarou builds two and three dimensional compositions from found papers, such as graph paper, magazines, technical manuals, etc., plastic, metal, spray-painted paper, wire and wood. This exhibition will feature 30 new pieces from three bodies of work: a series of collages called Flotilla, a series of drawings titled Meditational Flaws and a series of small sculptures known as Mirror Canons.
Richard Garrison analyzes ubiquitous materials and objects from the suburban American landscape, such as Sunday newspaper sale circulars, drive-thru window menu color schemes and product packaging. Through a process of careful scientific-like scrutiny Garrison dissects and restructures the color schemes of common everyday objects and creates Minimalist compositions that expose the beauty in the banal. This deconstruction of quotidian objects and experience is a personal, non-judgmental, examination of the visual, emotional and conceptual aspects of consumerism.
In acrylic on paper Deanna Lee intuitively paints flowing lines and shapes that pool, drape and cluster into areas of visual tension that evoke organic forms, natural systems, geographical strata and topography.
Derek Lerner layers countless well refined marks, lines, and shapes to create complex systems that look as if we are peering through a microscope and a telescope at the same time. After 15 years of working, this group of 10 ink on paper drawings (all 2011) constitute Lerner's latest body of work, stemming from his contradictory feelings about urban sprawl, over-development and humanity as a virus.