Robert Tarbell
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Vitreous Humor
With Vitreous Humor, my interest lies in fabricating immediate yet elusive objects that play with a pleasurable deception as a way to channel a collective desire to suspend disbelief. The works consider how trust is gained and how obvious fictions become reality.

Each piece hides in plain sight, evolving through migrations from drawing to photography to printmaking to sculpture. The works are deliberately conditional, where light and reflective surfaces appear and disappear as the viewer passes before them. Layers compress or pull apart, flatten or hover as scrims. Handwork and elaborate processes intertwine. Cutting reveals and builds, while the use of smoke suggests a clouding of thought designed to enhance the perception and insecurity of nuanced forms.

Evasive and indeterminate as if in limbo, the works ask the viewer to be willing to go along for the ride.
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