Morphine / April 1 - 7, 2011
My entry for the first Violet Strays page took advantage of the unknown nature of the project. I put together Morphine to show the visual string of ideas that were on my mind at the time.
Featuring works by: Robert Yoder, Lucas Blalock, and Ryan Horvath
BIO: Robert Yoder is an artist, a curator, and a collector. Since receiving his MFA from the University of Washington in 1987, Robert’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
STATEMENT: It is no longer a question of refusing on principle, it is now for the sake of self-preservation.
Although I am fully invested in the final imagery, I experience a detachment from the work and feel emotionally evasive throughout the creation process. It seems I'm always thinking about loss, and how that crushing melancholy just seeps into every action and thought. I am withholding and introverted, and my disconnection during the art making process feels natural. There is a weird notion of anonymity I'm trying to maintain. I don't purposefully think in terms of autobiography, although there have been a few veiled self portraits along the way. They act as some extension that has a better grasp on the balance between nuance and blatancy. I have recently introduced large amounts of black into the paintings. The density of these works creates a roughness and adds a punk/SM aesthetic to the overall collection. I am drawing again, directly with paint from the tube onto the canvas; and on paper, directly and indirectly with simple transfer processes. They are graphic, hard and unapologetic with their subject matter and intention.