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Robert Schatz
updated: 05/11/2013
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Paesaggio Nr. 67
Fenster 1
Fenster 2
Palmer
Horizon
Untitled
Untitled
Paesaggio Nr. 71
Paesaggio Nr. 66
Paesaggio Nr. 49
Paesaggio Nr. 42
Dynamic Duo
Paesaggio Nr. 14
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, biomorphic, cartoon, gestural, landscape, organic, process
 
 
Paesaggio Nr. 67 by Robert Schatz
Paesaggio Nr. 67
Acrylic on music paper
2006
17" x  22" 
Fenster 1 by Robert Schatz
Fenster 1
Acrylic, glitter, pen, music paper on paper (collage)
2007
43" x  30" 
Fenster 2 by Robert Schatz
Fenster 2
Acrylic, pen, music paper on paper (collage)
2007
43" x  30" 
Palmer by Robert Schatz
Palmer
Acrylic, pen, music paper on paper (collage)
2007
43" x  30" 
Horizon by Robert Schatz
Horizon
Acrylic on paper
2006
35" x  47" 
Untitled by Robert Schatz
Untitled
Acrylic on paper
2006
15" x  22" 
Untitled by Robert Schatz
Untitled
Acrylic on paper
2006
15" x  22" 
Paesaggio Nr. 71 by Robert Schatz
Paesaggio Nr. 71
Acrylic on music paper
2006
17" x  22" 
Paesaggio Nr. 66 by Robert Schatz
Paesaggio Nr. 66
Acrylic on music paper
2006
17" x  22" 
Paesaggio Nr. 49 by Robert Schatz
Paesaggio Nr. 49
Acrylic on music paper
2005
17" x  22" 
Paesaggio Nr. 42 by Robert Schatz
Paesaggio Nr. 42
Acrylic on music paper
2005
17" x  22" 
Dynamic Duo by Robert Schatz
Dynamic Duo
Acrylic on two mylar sheets
2005
19" x  24" 
Paesaggio Nr. 14 by Robert Schatz
Paesaggio Nr. 14
Acrylic on music paper
2004
17" x  22" 

Artist Statement

My work is process-driven and rooted in the human body and in Nature. Nature is, in reality, a system of energy, and the forms and structures we perceive with our senses are actually manifestations of constant movement and the flow of force.

Pictorially I am interested in an almost Baroque kind of space and structure: architectural yet kinetic. This kind of pictorial space seems most true to our experience of the world at the sensory level, as well as true to our discoveries of the world at the quantum level. It is fantastical yet rooted in physical reality - like Nature at the level of quantum mechanics.

Abstract pictorial dynamics do not need to exclude life dynamics. Donald Kuspit and others have written of the need in postmodern abstraction for a fuller expression of our humanity, in terms of both emotional and spatial content. We cannot deny the beauty or perceptual accomplishments of formalist abstraction, but a formalist approach by itself is philosophically too Platonic to truly reflect the fullness of the life we live.

The fundamental condition of our life as humans is the physical and emotional experience of being a body moving through the dimension of time and space. The expression of this corporal reality, its sublimity and sensuality, its joy and tragedy, is what has given art its compelling, poetic power.

Artist Bio / CV

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* solo)

2013

A Time In Arcadia, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ

Aspects, Marina Gallery, Cold Spring, NY  

 

2011
Dividing Light, Measure Darkness, Curious Matter, Jersey City

911 Arts: A Decade Later, Steinhard School of Art, NYU

2010
Escape From New York, Patterson Arts Council, Patterson, NJ

2009
Summer Camp II: LIke A Moth To The Flame, Exile, Berlin 

2008
Unbreak My Heart.  Pluto, Brooklyn

The Kramarsky Gift of Contemporary Drawings. Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

2007
University of Scranton, Scranton, PA*
The Phatory LLC, New York*

2006
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA*

2000
On Abstraction: Francis, Hesse, Lewitt, Lozano, Mangold, Morellet, Schatz. Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York

1999
Die Kunst der Linie. Museum of Upper Austria, Linz (catalogue)

Galerie Pixi, Paris*

1998, 1996, 1994
Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York*

1992
10th International Cleveland Drawing Biennale (traveling). Derby Museum, Derby, England; South London Art Gallery, London; Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (catalogue)

PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University

Pfizer Inc.

Pollock Works on Paper Collection, Southern Methodist University

The Art Institute of Boston

University of Scranton

United States Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria

LECTURES

2007
University of Scranton: "The Lyric Grace of Gesture"

2006
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Giotto & Cézanne
Cedar Crest College: Between Abstraction & Reality


EDUCATION

1987
The Art Institute of Boston

1984
Massachusetts College of Art

1980
University of Scranton, BA magna cum laude, history and philosophy