Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia is pleased to present Phantom Shock, a solo exhibition of painted wall constructions and sculptures by Robert Straight. Phantom Shock will run from June 7 through July 14, 2018, with an artist reception on June 14 from 6 to 9 pm.
Straight’s work connects at once to the historical and the contemporary: while the pieces gesture towards the playful formalism of artists like Jean Arp and Paul Klee, their inventiveness of mark and exploratory spirit feel very much of this moment. The artist writes that he uses “an intuitive process governed by past experiences.” The rounded, biomorphic forms are constructed from a variety of materials, including foam, plaster, wood and canvas; this material layering echoes the way Straight layers experimental processes of the moment with the insight of accumulated experience. The result is work that occupies a space of flux, in which past and present, form and content exist in constant, shifting dialog. The form pushes with the surface and past it; the pieces become object and window, sculpture and support.