Lot 23: Robert Flynt

2016 CEPA Gallery Biennial Art Auction, Robert Flynt

Untitled (JB; L arm)
Inkjet on Found Book Page
7 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Signed Verso
Monotypologies Series

BIO: Robert Flynt’s work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad since 1980. In 1992 it was featured in “New Photography” at MoMA in NYC, where it is in the permanent collection, as well as in the Metropolitan Museum, ICP, LACMA, MFA Houston, among many others.

Flynt received fellowships from MacDowell, Light Work, Art Matters, Bogliasco (Italy) and Valparaiso (Spain). He has collaborated extensively with choreographers and performers at PS122, The Kitchen, BAM, Centre Pompidou, and elsewhere.

His monograph, Compound Fracture (Twin Palms) received a Best Books of the Year award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. www.robertflynt.com

STATEMENT: Monotypologies begin by disassembling vintage textbooks, then printing photographic imagery directly onto the page. This intuitive and chance-based process connects this work to my pre-darkroom era of monoprints, etchings, and collage. The photographic images are made with performer/collaborators, shot entirely in darkness, illuminated by flashlights. These light drawings of evanescent, un-seeable encounters are minimally edited and printed on the found pages. I propose vocabularies in dissonant dialog: the authoritative/book-based found with the metaphorical/sensual drawn. Are they more drawings than photographs? Does it matter?

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