Heskin Contemporary is pleased to present "Paper Bed Concrete Head" a solo exhibition by New York based artist Russell Roberts. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery. For this exhibition Roberts will present a new series of large oil paintings in which his continued exploration of imagery results in an ambitious departure from his previous work.
The new paintings will reprise familiar elements from a singular older image of his own such as; complex blue grounds, violet shapes, brown and orange rough hewn and delicate lines. Now, in canvases nearly identical in scale, white or blue rectangles are deployed as modular components in a system of template-derived lines and areas intricately connected by fluid curvilinear lines. For the first time Roberts presents a series of paintings in which the compositions are uniform but within the multiplicity of parts there is immense variation and differences emerge. Sinuous, sensual lines, that can feel both comic and anthropomorphic, combine with shapes and sink into cobalt depths to suggest a confrontation within their box-like surroundings. Each element is interconnected and dependent on each other as lines seem to toy with shapes often bisecting, breaking off, and linking across and connecting disparate areas, yet a strong sense of liberation and harmony is achieved.
The title of the exhibition "Paper Bed Concrete Head" reverberates as sounds in the ear much in the way the forms and gestures in Roberts’ work themselves reappear and repeat in varied orientations and patterns. Upending expectations of serial work, this will be a series of paintings in which repetition yields mysterious resolutions.
Evoking De Kooning and Matisse among others, Roberts' brilliant cobalt blues, vivid orange lines, gestural marks, organic and abstract forms, are rich in historical references while the repetition of shapes and linear components spark associations with many modern art approaches and contemporary strategies.