Robert Solomon @crane hall
Exhibition on view until: Thursday, February 9, 2012
InLiquid at the Crane Hall
Place and No Place and surface, water, rail
New work by Robert Solomon
This winter InLiquid presents two new bodies of work, Place and No Place and surface, water, rail, by member artist Robert Solomon in the Hall at the Crane Arts Building. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Second Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm. An additional reception on February 9, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm in the Hall will be held during InLiquid’s Benefit v.12* free Second Thursday and Young Professionals Preview event in the Ice Box Project Space.
The first series, Place and No Place, is a collection of photographs Solomon took over the course of one year from his single, sliding studio window that faces south. This window frames the sky and roofline of the building across the street, resulting in a simple, but compelling, composition merely suggesting the interior space revealing a tactile sky and industrial silhouette. After the first experimental photograph was taken by Solomon one afternoon, this effect as described above drew him to continue photographing this same frame, resulting in multiple studies, varying the time of day and position of the camera. The images chosen for the exhibition are a sampling of the selective beauty created out of this experiment.
In surface, water, rail, Solomon returns to his more traditional aesthetic of forms and his encounter with ideas, memory, and time through his journey from a conceptual and intellectual bricoleur approach to a studio alchemy of substance and supports. Trained as a sculptor and designer, Solomon’s early work developed into a succession of surreal environments where motion and emotion became his vocabulary to engage the viewer, and he drew heavily on scientific and metaphoric sources. This recent work pushes the artist’s mental notes, napkin diagrams, and visual memory into the real world of tactile surfaces and physical objects, combining his sculptural and design tendencies with this new medium of painting for the artist.
Robert Solomon has furniture designs licensed to EuroPine, LTD, NJ. Has had numerous group shows and one person shows from 1975 til the present; works in private and corporate collections; articles in several publications and is a participating member DaVinci Gallery. More of his recent encaustic works can be seen at www.myartspace.com. Solomon received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, and did his graduate work in sculpture at Tyler School of Art and in architecture and design at UCLA.
The public hours for the Crane Arts Building are noon – 6 pm, Wednesday – Sunday, and until 9 pm on the Second Thursday of each month.
*InLiquid’s Annual Silent Auction and Benefit v.12 will take place in the vast Ice Box Project Space at the Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, from February 9 – 14, 2012, with the Main Event on February 10 from 6 – 10 pm. For more information, click here.