Opening September 21st 2019 6-9PM
Let Yourself Be Huge
Seen Here Anastasio Wrobel
Really Incredible Helicopter Noises
Acrylic paint, spray paint on canvas
36" x 48" x 1.5" 2019
These paintings hold my whispered truths, my secrets, my prayers and my most
heartfelt wishes. They have been my refuge, my social life and some of my closest
friends since I began this body of work in 2017. Everything in this show was completed
this year, 2019, and is selected from a prolific collection of work. This is what has been
cultivated and unearthed to share with you as a placeholder for my art at this point in
Painting lines is a refuge as much as it is a habit to indulge. When I begin, I have
a morsel driving me. At this point, my focus is on getting into the materials. Sometimes I
work in my sketchbook, and am usually working on multiple surfaces at one time. I want
to get an underpainting down before I begin, and lay in various bursts of color to pin the
muse down. Then I use drips, tape, spray -- whatever tool or technique or color that has
piqued my interest to propel the vision forward.
Sometimes these things happen very quickly and sometimes they occur more
slowly. And in between paint drying, I spend time considering my direction and continue
to consume media adding to this visual shorthand I am constructing with my reactions
and expressionist mark making. The marks are hyphenated and quick, like an excessive
punctuation throughout the composition, each being an emphasis of feeling or idea
that’s been put down very quickly. These marks reference headlines and anecdotes,
memes and conversations that are received and filtered through my being.
This work is about everything.
It is about the political climate, climate annihilation, the inflexibility of my
depression, greed’s prosperance at the expense of the planet. It’s about our species
and the destruction, decline and reemergence, of other species. It is astrology, and the
universe and small walks that I get to take outside. It is a nod to all of the different
people in my life -- past, present, deceased, living, those who have yet to find me, the
poets, the musicians, the other creative makers who shine their light out into the world
and remind me to shine my own. My consumption is rapid and I don’t always want to
retain it. It’s imprinted in me and this is how I put it outside of me.
In certain strokes these works explore the end points of the line rather than the
beginning. Sometimes the most interesting mark ends up on the wall and not on the
canvas, and so the construction continues by the process of addition; to explicate all of
them into a compelling, finished, visual depiction.