In the Raw: New Work by Robert Chiarito

DATESMarch 13 - June 6, 2010

RECEPTIONFriday, March 19, 7:00-9:00pm

Artists' Siteshttp://www.robertchiarito.com/

Visiting Info

Robert Chiarito

All of Me, 2007, oil on canvas, 72" x 60"

Robert Chiarito thinks of his work as the serious pursuit of play.  Images are generated by random marking with the brush, often with his eyes closed.  He then tries to make sense of the picture, imposing an order upon it by finding a head or body that presents itself in this process. In an effort to work in a psychological state more closely aligned with the subconscious, he tries to set up a situation in which he is able to find an image that he would not consciously construct.
      Taking inspiration from Art Brut, the COBRA school and Expressionism in general, he paints them out in favor of something that he perceives as more raw and direct an expression, which often borders upon the grotesque. 
     The presence of the figure further animates the abstraction, bringing emotional charge to the form.  The subject matter gives rise to content that develops in a mysterious manner as the painterly elements are manipulated.  Humor, joy, vulnerability, fear, exuberance, anger, failed heroism and libidinous desire all surface as welcome, yet unpremeditated content. 

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