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Robert Otto Epstein

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figurative, gallery mixed-media pop painting


Robert Otto Epstein

b. 1979 in Pittsburgh, PA

Lives and works in Providence, RI


+1 412.969.4843

My work consists of paintings on canvas, wood and works on paper. The imagery that I use is culled from the pages of knitting pattern books, fashion magazines, and hairstyle books from the 1950's through the 1980's.

I am interested in systems of production, which could be anything manmade or found in nature—pattern as a means of being or appearing by way of repeating—the pattern as an act, a process, and a product. In my work I explore the way that repetitiveness is structured into discrete forms that are shaped by the prototype, which become the pattern, which become the system, which is itself repeating.

I also make figurative work inspired by clothing models in vintage fashion magazines. I look for pictures that strike me as sentimental or naive. I am interested in the contrived way that these male or female figures pose, how they hold their bodies still (literally and metaphorically) in time and space, how they smile unabashedly or purse their lips, how their subtle and/or banal expressions disguise their latent individuality--like characters in a novel or neighbors in a real American town.

Recent Exhibits

Robert Otto Epstein participated in these exhibits:

May, 2015 Sacred Shapes: Geometric Abstractions in the Digital Age
A+E Studios
Jan, 2015 The Musical Box
Jeff Bailey Gallery
Dec, 2014 Small Goods
Sep, 2014 Thread Lines
The Drawing Center
Sep, 2014 Sleeveless - Robert Otto Epstein
99¢ Plus Gallery
Jul, 2014 ROW BY ROE
Matteawan Gallery
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