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Opening Reception: April 4th, 7-10pm
(First Saturday Art Crawl)

In Fort Houston's gallery space, Robert Scobey will be presenting "Sweet Nothings," a series of inkjet prints and graphite drawings. The prints–constructed from hundreds of digitally layered Playboy centerfolds–depict familiar imagery from art history as well as a grouping of military machinery. Regarding the process, Scobey writes, "Each image is composed of a stack of an entire decade's worth of centerfolds...They're pictures made from other pictures, created by reduction rather than addition...I remove areas from each layer until a superimposed image becomes recognizable. This process of digging through layers of a surface in order to arrive at something that wouldn't be otherwise visible is related to the archaeological treatments I've been exploring for a number of years in my work with discarded books." The graphite drawings depict imagery sourced from men’s magazine advertisements published in the year 1968. Scobey has incorporated text into these drawings which he says are about "male fantasy and the eroticizing of consumer products."

About the artist:

Robert Scobey is an artist originally from Nashville, TN. He earned an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 2009. While residing in Philadelphia, Scobey worked as an assistant to Argentinian artist Osvaldo Romberg and also worked as an art shipper and handler. His work has been exhibited at juried shows throughout the U.S. and at festivals and gallery exhibits in France and the UK. He is currently a member of the Nashville-based Coop curatorial collective.

website: http://robertscobey.com
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