Thursday, March 17, 2016

Philip Slein Gallery: Friday, 25 March 2016


ROBERT SAGERMAN:
MONOCHROMATIC PAINTINGS



Robert Sagerman, 5,574, 2015, oil on canvas, 26x25 inches


OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016 FROM 5-8PM

The Philip Slein Gallery is pleased to present Monochromatic Paintings by Robert Sagerman. Merging painting, sculpture, and Jewish mysticism, Robert Sagerman approaches each one of his textured, abstract compositions as an act of devotion. He begins by creating his own rich mixtures of oil paint, which he squeezes in individual dabs directly onto the canvas. He builds up thick, massing monochromatic surfaces in works that toe the line between painting and sculptural relief. Along the way, he counts and records every single one of his marks and tracks the time he spends on each composition, titling his works after their total number of marks—often reaching into the many thousands. This is in keeping with an ancient kabbalistic practice of meditation through counting, which was seen as a route to the divine. Each one of Sagerman’s paintings, is an act of meditation, the embodiment of the artist’s striving toward the sacred.

Alison Hall, Madonna, Flatface, 2016, oil, raphite and venetian plaster on panel, 13.75 x 11 inches

In addition, the gallery is pleased to introduce Alison Hall whose work is also rooted in ritual, meditation, and repetition. Like Sagerman’s work, Hall’s paintings appear to be monochromatic, however, upon further inspection, they are captivating in their formal complexity and subtlety. 


PHILIP SLEIN GALLERY
735 MCPHERSON AVE
SAINT LOUIS, MO 63108



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