Small Treasury, Oil on Linen, 47.5 x 65" 2017
Hi everyone... here's a few notes on the upcoming show (the 6th!) with Robert Horvath....
Bert Green Fine Art, in partnership with Aron Packer Projects presents...
Robert Horvath / White Goldpaintings / photographs
Opening Reception Saturday July 8, 5-8 pm
July 8–August 19 2017
Bert Green Fine Art
8 S Michigan Ave Suite 620
Chicago IL 60603 (map)
Gallery Hours Friday and Saturday 12-5 or by appointment
I first saw Roberth Horvath's work after attending a graduate MFA show at the University of Illinois gallery in Chicago. I only saw 2 pieces but was looking forward to seeing his full MFA down in Champaign. I was stunned when I saw a large group of these electric glossy paintings of club kids with odd lighting and saturated single color backgrounds. I had to know who this artist was. I had just opened my biggest space to date in the West Loop, and was really hoping to make a splash with new artists that really hadn't been seen before. I left my card as they don't give out student's numbers... He called back and we had a show later that year. This is the 6th show we've had together!
Bert Green was commuting back and forth from LA to Chicago around 2005, and he came into the gallery and we hit it off. Bert and I thought we should trade artists so to speak... I got Clive Barker and Bert chose Robert. His show in LA was entitled Hypnotize. I closed my gallery 2 years back now... and it was time for another show for Horvath... and now we are collaborating as Bert moved to town 5 years ago permanently. So exciting to be working together. I hope you can make the opening. Bert Green Fine Art is on Michigan Ave between Madison and Monroe on the 6th Floor of a great classic building. It's easy to get to by the el and parking would be suggested on Columbus Drive by the Art institute and walking over. But I think train, or taxi is best. I hope to see you with my good friends and colleagues Robert Horvath and Bert Green.
Robert Horvath is originally from Slovakia in Eastern Europe, and has in recent years developed a fascination with Rococo porcelain. His work for this show is a series of paintings and digital compositions that incorporate homoerotic imagery into the Rococo style, transforming it into a contemporary idiom. Fusing technical virtuosity with "NSFW" (Not Safe for Work) imagery permits these artworks to advance a dialogue that breaks free of historical strictures.
The visual style of this current body of work expands on what Horvath has been doing over the past 20 years. Originally a portraitist of club kids and club fashion, Horvath captures figures of gay porn in throes of ecstasy. He places the miniaturized "actors" into the porcelain ornament, which is not unlike his exploration into organic forms and light on which his last decade of work was based. Morphing all his interests has led to this precisely controlled and filigreed still life with figures, upon a background of set pattern with abstract elements. Over the top, glossy and self-absorbed, his work has gone back from whence it came, as the club kids and the porn stars are not unlike the dandies and elegant ladies of the Rococo.
Robert Horvath was born in Nitra, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia). In his senior year, Robert decided to leave his high school, an applied arts school in Kosice (Skola Uzitkoveho Vytvarnictva, Kosice) for an opportunity to study as a foreign exchange student in the United States. Upon graduating high school in Burkburnett, Texas, Robert received scholarships to attend Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls,TX. Graduating with honors in 1999, Robert received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. In 2002, Robert completed his MFA in Painting at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Robert has taught painting and drawing since 2002, first at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and then as an Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Robert is presently an Associate Professor of Painting at Herron School of Art and Design. He lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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