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An exhibition of Robert Bordo’s recent paintings will open o n March 16th at Alexander and Bonin. In these works\, Bordo supplements atm osphere with graphic\, explicit painting in which colors are darker in tone \, line and space are rendered thick and the landscape is saturated with th e residue of use and habitation.

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Some of these works seek to balanc e formal concerns relating to color and mass with the symbolic resonance of dirt\, mounds\, and hills. Others depict the landscape as it is obscured t hrough the windows of a moving car\, employing the metaphors of compressed time and distorted memory. Through these recent paintings we see the artist ’s increasing interest in allegory\, particularly by way of the intercessio n of objects\; a shovel in one mound\, a crown on another. Both Dial\, 2012 and the evocatively titled The Future\, 2012 are effecti vely obliterated by crescent-shaped swipes\, reminiscent of a car’s windshi eld wiper\; the mechanism meant to clear one’s view becomes a vehicle of co mplexity and commentary. In this way\, the landscape comes to resemble its mediation - having been manipulated and enclosed by the viewer in its midst .

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When asked in a recent interview about the painting titled Mo gul\, 2012\, Bordo had this to say\, “I was thinking about the pile in the painting as a kind of naked\, cartoon landscape. I was also thinking a lot about the intense social and political conditions we’ve experienced si nce 2008. So Mogul refers to a rich and powerful man or woman and also to a pile of mud\, a morass.” As such\, Bordo’s new paintings seek to address p ainting’s political and metaphorical capacities through a dream-like series of associations. They comingle images of the green hills of upstate New Yo rk with the tumultuous existential uncertainty of the city\, just two hour’ s drive to the south. They more directly connect the messy work of painting with the life and labor built into our environment.

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Robert Bordo w as born in Montreal and has lived in New York since 1972. He has been a Pro fessor of Painting at Cooper Union since 1995. In the late 80s and early 90 s his work was the subject of several one-person exhibitions at Brooke Alex ander\, New York. Subsequently he has exhibited with Alexander and Bonin\, New York\; Galerie René Blouin\, Montreal\; Mummery + Schnelle\, London and Rubicon Gallery\, Dublin. He was awarded a Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundatio n Fellowship in 2007. Robert Bordo has designed several sets for the Mark M orris Dance Group including the 2012 production of Dido and Aeneas at the L incoln Center of Performing Arts.

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An illustrated brochure with a co nversation between the artist and Cameron Martin will be published to accom pany the exhibition.

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