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at Livestock Gallery
Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 1997
Robert Hawkins produces fantastic images in an amazing variety of mediums. He pulled out all of the stops for this show, titled "Promenade Nocturne," covering the walls with numerous works: from oil paintings on canvas and chalk drawings on blackboard, to sculptural objects like the old rusted frying pan that the artist found during a recent stay in France and embellished with a pair of painted eyes.
Hawkins is obsessed with ghosts and with evoking the
supernatural. Some of his works may be described as funky
morality tales. For instance, one painting shows a bear trap in
which a wad of dollar bills serves as bait. Another image
shows a similar trap with a frosted cupcake used as bait.
Certain works have vague political themes--one eerie painting
shows a ghostly JFK peering from behind a curtain. Two of my
favorite works seem to be ecological statements. One picture
features an emaciated elephant with enormous tusks lying
prostrate in a zoo cage. Another depicts a presumably sick
tree, lying in a bed, sad and leafless, partly covered in a
blanket. Hawkins has the ability to create images that are at
once hilarious and profound.