Bonsai Garden

Bonsai Garden is a series of small paintings begun between 2011 and 2013 and completed in 2016 – 2017. Each piece represents part of my ongoing interest in biological processes found in nature and in the human body.

Selections from Bonsai Garden were exhibited in Spring of 2017 at Holland Tunnel Gallery in Brooklyn.


Gardener, Oil on Board, 11″ x 14″, 2015
Collection Juergen Riehm and Jody Oberfelder

Bonsai Garden takes its title from the small scale and concentrated nature of these paintings. And, like bonsai, these paintings take years to mature. It’s also appropriate that Holland Tunnel Gallery is in a real garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Count Annoys the Peasantry, Acrylic on Board, 11″ x 14″, 2015


Repro, Acrylic and tempera on panel, 11″ x 14″, 2016

The painting, Repro was inspired by parthenogenesis (a form of reproduction that doesn’t require fertilization). Repro illustrates the biological process while also occupying an intermediate space where cultural and visual associations with the forms play a critical role.


Hatch, Oil on panel, 16″ x 20″, 2017

Hatch alludes to both the egg, but also the protective instinct of the mother combined with inherent threat.


Fungible, Oil on Board, 11″ x 14″, 2016 – 2017


Oil and acrylic on mounted board, 11″ x 14″, 2016

 

ROBERT EGERT
BONSAI GARDEN
April 7 – April 30

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 1-5PM

Holland Tunnel Gallery
61 and 59 South 3rd Street
Between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Bonsai Garden features intimate paintings begun between 2011 and 2013 and completed in 2016 – 2017. Each piece represents part of my ongoing interest in biological processes found in nature and in our bodies.

Bonsai Garden takes its title from the fact that these paintings are small and concentrated. And, like bonsai, these paintings take a long time to mature. It’s also appropriate that Holland Tunnel Gallery is located in a real garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In the painting, Repro I was inspired by the human figure as well as scientific diagrams. The specific subject is parthenogenesis (a form of reproduction that doesn’t require fertilization). Repro illustrates this process while also occupying an intermediate space where the viewer’s cultural and visual associations with the forms play a critical role. Hatch alludes to both the egg, but also the protective instinct of the mother and as a metaphor for recent political events.

The miniature scale of these works influences both their production and consumption. The scale reduces the role of gesture and results in images that are more decisively delineated, contemplative in nature, and formally idealized. From the viewer’s perspective, the miniature scale demands proximity and elevates details of surface, edges and other formal qualities of finish.

For further inquiries please contact the gallery at 1.718.384.5738 or the artist at robert.egert@gmail.com

 

 

 

Press Release: Bonsai-Garden-2017-03-13