In his first exhibition at Sonnabend Gallery, Robert Feintuch uses himself as his model in all of the paintings. While they might be seen as self-portraits, in many of the paintings his face is turned away from the viewer or otherwise obscured. Seen against a plain backdrop, dressed in his underwear, the artist strikes poses that evoke influences ranging from classical mythological and genre paintings, to newspaper photos and cartoons.
The positions Feintuch takes are choreographed in the studio, on a simple stage-like space, its elements reduced to floor and wall. Simultaneously evocative and deadpan, serious and parodic, his paintings suggest a range of connections and contradictions between classical ideals, psychological desires, intimate life and current events.