Robert Straight, P-320, 1998. Mixed media on canvas, 56 x 48 in.
Robert Straight, P-509, 2013. Mixed media on wood, 60 x 56 in.
Robert Straight, P-459, 2010. Mixed media on wood, 48 x 40 in.
Strategy and Structure: The Work of Robert Straight
February 12 – June 28, 2014
In developing this exhibition with the University Museums, artist Robert Straight suggested the title, Strategy and Structure. Looking at the works presented here, from the early 1970s to the present, we become aware of the artist’s increasingly complex architecture of abstraction. Early in his career, Straight built forms into three dimensional wall sculptures. But when he turned back to working in two dimensions, he discovered greater depths, opening up seemingly infinite spaces.
The curved and straight-edged forms of works of the 1990s reflect and multiply before exploding into the toroids, flexing grids and biomorphic patterns of recent paintings. Each is a universe unto itself, defined by unique color strategies and forms that float, intersect, and collide. In his most recent work, forms within that universe overpower the straight edge to become the artist’s field.
This exhibition, made possible by Courtesy of the Artist and Schmidt/Dean Gallery, offers the opportunity to experience the evolution of the artist’s work over the past four decades. Robert Straight is Professor of Art at the University Of Delaware.
Strategy and Structure Programs
Thursday, February 20, 5 – 7 p.m.
Opening Reception: Strategy and Structure
The public is invited to a reception with the artist.
RSVP: 302-831-8037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Old College Gallery
5:15 p.m.: Comments by Artist Robert Straight
6:00 p.m.: Comments by Mineralogical Museum Curator Sharon Fitzgerald
Wednesday, March 5, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: Strategy and Structure
Professor, Department of Art
Location: Old College Gallery
RELATED EVENTS at Newark Arts Alliance
Market East Plaza at 276 East Main Street
Newark Arts Alliance offers several spring 2014 activities that serve as a perfect complement to Robert Straight’s work in Strategy and Structure. Register for an abstract art-making workshop, or pair a visit to Old College Gallery with a viewing of local artists’ work inspired by some of the concepts at play in Strategy and Structure. For more info on activities and events at NAA, visit www.newarkartsalliance.org or call 302-266-7266.
Tuesday, March 4 – Saturday, March 20
In the Abstract exhibition at the Newark Arts Alliance
A juried, all-media exhibition of abstract art by local artists in conjunction with the University Museums’ exhibition Strategy and Structure.
Juror: Robert Straight.
5 Mondays (Mar 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14), 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Make Abstract Art at the Newark Arts Alliance
Students will explore the possibilities of abstract art through contemporary and formal painting applications using oil or acrylic paints. Offered in conjunction with the NAA exhibition In the Abstract and the University Museums’ exhibition of Strategy and Structure.