Cris Worley Fine Arts presents Robert Sagerman: "Small Gestures and the Fullness of Fields"
Cris Worley Fine Arts will present their first solo exhibition of oil paintings by gallery artist, Robert Sagerman, titled, “Small Gestures and the Fullness of Fields.”
In this recent body of work, Sagerman explores new and expanded color combinations as each of his “small gestures” build upon the canvas’ field. While the artist is deeply influenced by Minimalism, and “field” painting in particular, Sagerman says, “My own work, as Cris Worley pointed out to me in conversation not long ago, is far more “maximalist” in nature. This, in part, is that to which the exhibition title alludes. The field paintings that I make partake of a “fullness”. Of course, these paintings are full of thick paint, and they are also full of “small gestures”. These thickly applied impasto paintings evolve from thousands upon tens-of-thousands of strokes meticulously made with a palette knife, the title of each work corresponding to the number of marks within. So layered are the canvases, that the artist hand mills his own oil paint from elemental pigments. His disciplined method of working directly correlates to his personal interest in the practices of Medieval Mysticism, an area in which he is a published PhD.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through May 12.