A selection of new paintings by American artist Charlie Roberts. At the moment based in Oslo, Roberts’ function will take inspiration from pop lifestyle, hiphop, comics, folk artwork, as nicely as artists like Henri Matisse, James Ensor, and Florine Stettheimer. Marking his initially presentation in Taipei, “Short Cuts” offers up an investigation into what it usually means for the contemporary subject to improve, produce, and reach. In this article Roberts can be observed pushing his elongated figures toward a new register as he explores the pursuit of happiness, central to American Cinema.
“Staged to resemble photographs ranging from Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused to Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Roberts’s pictures mimic — although retaining his signature treatment method of standpoint — the composition and narrative openness inherent to the format of film stills… If the cinema is reported to be a planet that exists just adjacent to ours, then the functions invite the viewers to job on their own onto the meticulously crafted scenes. Somewhat than acting as a type of escapism, nonetheless, the projections lead correct again to the true entire world as the thematics become distinct — work, labour, and the pleasure that rests in completion — the paintings insist upon the globe we inhabit and the ambitions we job on to it.”
See more images beneath or on show with WOAW Gallery at the Taipei World Trade Middle Might 20 – 22nd.
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