Spontaneously Occurring Atmospheric Clowns

Spontaneously Occurring Atmospheric Clowns, Oil on paper, 18″ x 24″, 2017

Nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and genetic editing will merge to form a new synthetic technology platform, producing hoards of nanobots, each no larger than a dust particle but with emergent intelligence. Like swarms of insects, these will work in a networked matrix, remotely controlled like a drone until they begin to act as autonomous agents. They can be inhaled and they can penetrate buildings.

Bonsai Garden Exhibition Through April 30


Hatch, oil on panel, 16″ x 20″, 2016 – 2017

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

Egert Studio

Robert Egert photographed in his painting studio by Andre Smits as part of the "Artist in the World" project

Had a great visit with André Smits last weekend to participate in André’s project, which you can check out art his site: Artist in the World. Digging this photo. It captures my somewhat cramped but comfortable attic studio along with two large oil paintings in progress. Besides the photo it was great to have a more in-depth conversation with André and get his reaction to my work.