Robert Hardgrave sent me images in Novemeber for his then upcoming show Relic at David B. Smith Gallery. At the time I was taking a break from the blog, and I did post the images on tumblr but I really feel like even though the show just ended...I want to post the images here.
Robert's work is so intense and gorgeous. It's got layers and layers of feeling. Plus I really like that he went sculptural as well with his newest body. Relic reminds me of mysticism and intrigue and I think it's such a strong group. Be sure to check out videos that accompany the show here.
In Robert's words:
"Recently, my studio practice has led me into new territories. Where I once pre-planned an idea before painting, I now require myself to approach what I’m doing as an “unknown.” What begins as a flat painting can now become something else entirely. I allow myself the freedom to explore different configurations. The canvas is a starting place for a conversation that leads me to new insights about pictorial and sculptural forms. Pieces become surfaces that I can “destroy,” only to take their remains and build something new."