ROBERT RECTOR: PAPER: 45 YEARS
David Lusk Gallery Memphis / 97 Tilllman October 16, 2018 - November 24, 2018
This October, David Lusk Gallery showcases 45 years of paintings on paper by Robert Rector.
Featuring balanced, geometric textures alongside those with washes of color with zips and streaks, Paper: 45 Years evaluates Rector’s extensive abstract painting career. Thick blocks of color and gestural marks slashed across the surface create a tension in each composition not unlike two opposing sides of human nature: the ordered and rational, the instinctive and spontaneous.
Of Rector’s work, arts critic Fredric Koeppel says, “we could call these dichotomies visionary theaters that offer a vivid contrast between restraint and passion, almost between classicism and romanticism. In such manner, with almost Puritanical devotion, Rector cajoles viewers into a mood of speculative deliberation that seeks to harmonize what seems to be the incongruity of surface, mood, hue and gesture.”