Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening - on Thursday, 12 January - of a one-person exhibition by Robert Thiele, his fifth solo show with the gallery.
The artist's works of recent years embrace physical aspects and formal concerns of both sculpture and painting. Although for a number of years he made works which were free-standing and involved such weighty materials as cast concrete and dimensions exceeding those of a standing person, the recent works are all wall-sited, though they vary in scale from objects which could be held in one hand to planar structures with five foot dimensions.
A concern which could be described as central to his artistic sensibility is the creation of the duality of a window-like opening which seems to promise the possibility of complete under- standing, yet - as one draws close to it - withholds such knowledge via the use of a kind of scrim or veil. This duality is inherent in more than one of Thiele's investigations begun since the last appearance of his work in a solo exhibition context in New York (January 2003).
While certain earlier works have alluded to elements of the human figure, he has recently made a series of works containing heads. He is, however, direct in stating that these are not portraits of individuals, in that the works lack the specificity of that re-creating of the actual. The heads in these recent works are sited behind a scrim of Plexiglas covered with silk, thereby diffusing the image.
As is true of the early works of Robert Irwin, Thiele's work is exquisitely crafted, and there exists an appealing "pull" which his works exert on the potential viewer - to examine the works at closer range in order to enjoy the simplicity and 'rightness' of his carpentry and other building processes. Color is sometimes held to the inherent coloration of his chosen materials - or if a particular hue is applied, it is almost always used very sparingly and as a focal point or in another manner to direct one's gaze.
Mr Thiele - a native of Milwaukee - has divided his time since 1994 between his studio/home in the Dumbo district of Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida, where he teaches in a university one semester each year. The forthcoming exhibition will be the twenty-seventh of his career. In 2001, he had a solo exhibition at Miami Art Museum. In the autumn of 2005, he had his second solo exhibition in Germany.