Clown Hats

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32" x 44", circa 1980

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32″ x 44″, circa 1980

 I remember being fascinated with clown hats at this time. This was related to a book I was reading on kitsch, and the historical development of cheap, low aesthetic objects in Nazi Germany. This led, later on, to a whole series of god awful clown and dog paintings, which thankfully have been lost forever!

Incoherent Woman

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32" x 44", circa 1980

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32″ x 44″, circa 1980

 The device of a striped shirt leant itself to the description of form. I think this was modeled after a friend that was sleeping in the basement at the time.

Lips

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32" x 44", circa 1980  Robert Egert

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32″ x 44″, circa 1980

There exists in certain kinds of painting the possibility of exploring a kinesthetic that combines the sensory experience with painting itself with the subject of the painting itself. For this painting the brush describes an orifice and the sense of simultaneously stretching and compressing the labia. The process suggested the transformation of the lips.

Flashing

Young woman lifting her shirt to reveal her boobs

Tempera on blueprint paper approx. 32″ x 44″, circa 1980

One night on the way home to my apartment in Fort Greene I saw a dumpster loaded with discarded blueprints from some architects office. I recovered a few rolls and was interested in the smooth coated surface. A few nights later I began a painting a series of images. Loving the smooth feeling of the brush over the coated surface of the blueprint stock I quickly filled my studio with twenty or thirty paintings. My room mate, Steve Buckley walked in at about 2 am and couldn’t believe how many paintings were scattered all over the place. You couldn’t even walk.