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Robert Raphael
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint



ARTIST STATEMENT: The decorative is often seen as superficial, but I believe in its power to seduce us into greater depths. Anyone can reflect upon the decorative arts, whether experienced through the mediums of architecture, furniture, wallpaper, or manicured gardens. My sculptural works draw on the history of decorative art and how it is perceived. My use of the decorative becomes the code for my language of desire, sexuality, gender, and pleasure. In my most recent works, I am constructing structures and wall elements out of lumber, a traditional material for building. The sculptures refer to architecture and construction, but are imbued with elements and processes that incorporate the decorative. I create ornate visual surfaces using materials such as porcelain, ribbon, wood, and paint. Within the work, I am creating a dialogue between the viewer’s understanding of structure and ornament: masculine and feminine. The viewer is confronted with the formal language of sculpture, while the ornament and pattern are experienced pervasively. My sculptures provide a forum for the viewer to use their understanding of my materials and processes to make associative connections.
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  • Symposium
    2016
    porcelain, glaze
    Installation view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

  • Herm
    2016
    porcelain, glaze

  • Herm
    2016
    porcelain, glaze
    detail

  • Euruproktoi
    2016
    porcelain glaze

  • Symposiarch
    2016
    porcelain, glaze

  • Kalos
    2016
    porcelain, glaze

  • Untitled (rope study)
    2016
    porcelain, glaze

  • Untitled (rope study)
    2015
    porcelain, glaze

  • Untitled (rope study)
    2015
    porcelain glaze

  • Untitled (made in Japan)
    2014
    Shigaraki Stoneware

  • Untitled (made in Japan)
    2014
    Shigaraki Stoneware

  • untitled (made in Japan)
    2014
    Shigaraki Stoneware, porcelain

  • The Endless Column: The Dandy and The Fop
    2014
    porcelain, glaze

  • Onan
    2013
    porcelain, glaze

  • Stacked
    2012
    porcelain, glaze   54"x12"x12"

  • Detail: Stacked
    2012
    porcelain, glaze   54"x12"x12"
 








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