On March 26, 2011, Sonnabend Gallery will open an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Robert Feintuch.
Robert Feintuch uses himself as a model in most of his recent work, though in many of the paintings his face is turned away from the viewer or otherwise obscured. Seen against a plain backdrop, dressed in his underwear, the artist strikes poses that evoke influences ranging from classical mythological and genre paintings, to slapstick and newspaper photos.
Most of the postures he takes are choreographed in the studio, on a simple stage-like space, its elements reduced to floor and wall. Poses, clubs, grapes and domestic furniture show up as recurring motifs. Combining information drawn from life, using a mirror, and from photographs, Feintuch depicts himself from viewpoints - seen from behind, at a distance, or crawling on his hands and knees - that fluctuate between objectivity and intimacy, and that are not ordinarily associated with self-portraiture.
In work that is simultaneously evocative and quietly deadpan, serious and parodic, Feintuch explores connections and contradictions between classical ideals, psychological desires, intimate life and current events.
The exhibition will continue through April 30.