HowardScottGallery is pleased to announce the opening-on Thursday, 5 March -of a one-person exhibition by Robert Thiele, his sixth 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 yearshe 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 handtoplanar 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 beginning since early 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, who divides his time between Miami, Florida and Brooklyn, New York (maintaining a studio in both cities) began exhibiting publicly in the early 1970s. His first exposure in New York City was in 1974.He participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art's Biennial Exhibition the following year. His work has been seen most widely in Florida, where he currently teaches at two schools. His numerous solo exhibitions include several in public institutions. Among these are the SoutheasternCenter for Contemporary Art, Winston- Salem, North Carolina, in 1988 andMiamiArt Museum, in 2001.The distinguished critics and curators who have written essays on his work include Peter Frank, Mark Ormond, Carter Ratcliff, and Robert J. Sindelir.