Introducing a new direction taken by artist Robin Sperling, these works are copper treated, silk screen prints of photocopier mistakes, glittering like a digital urban grid. Neither city not circuit board, the reflective fractious intricate copper particles create a texture of repetitive machined loops which blend anxiety and enticement, confidence and doubt, beauty and mystery. Created in November 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, they provide a balance to the earthy, naturalistic, weighty clay reliefs which will be shown alongside them.
Most of Sperling's recent works are wooden cases packed with a shallow layer of mud allowed to dry and crack. This is classic Sperling: he admires conceptual earth artists like Richard Long, Robert Smithson, Andy Goldsworthy, however Sperling never aims to blend into the landscape. Unlike them, his pieces don’t aim to crumble, disappear, modestly announce their own fragility and temporariness. Rather the other way around. Sperling loves the natural world, but sees it all as raw material for art. He paints pictures, some figurative, mostly abstract, but in between these paintings (usually on wood) he is constantly stopping even earlier in the creative process to enjoy and reveal the raw materials themselves, the wood, the clay, the metal, as something that could be worked with in dozens of ways as yet unthought of. Simply finding how resin sets, how it holds colour, how river silt dries, how it cracks, how wax sets, how oil stains spread. These processes become the activity and the inspiration. He wants to celebrate the landscape by partly working with it but also partly by learning how it wants to work with itself. Most of his works are experiments with raw materials where he loves what the material does so much, he takes the role of junior partner to the matter itself.
For The Smallest Art Gallery, we are delighted to have a 'truth to materials' artist displaying his work with us, and invite you all to the private view on the 01.02.2018. Please ask for more information and invitations via the contact page.