ART: ISSUE #13

Featured Artist

Oil on Fiberboard

 

Robert Zurer

 

"Plato's Cave Under Attack" by Robert Zurer, 16 x 20 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015, Mud Season Review

“Plato’s Cave Under Attack” by Robert Zurer, 16 x 20 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015

 

 

"Faith, Fierceness, Fear, Fish and Fate" by Robert Zurer, 18 x 24 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015, Mud Season Review

“Faith, Fierceness, Fear, Fish and Fate” by Robert Zurer, 18 x 24 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015

 

 

"Calm Part Mental Eyes" by Robert Zurer, 30 x 24 Oil on Fiberboard, 2014, Mud Season Review

“Calm Part Mental Eyes” by Robert Zurer, 30 x 24 Oil on Fiberboard, 2014

 

 

"Drowning in the Sea of Love" by Robert Zurer, 20 x 16 Oil on Fiberboard, 1999, Mud Season Review

“Drowning in the Sea of Love” by Robert Zurer, 20 x 16 Oil on Fiberboard, 1999

 

 

"Faded Dreams" by Robert Zurer, 11 x 14 Oil on Fiberboard, 2011, Mud Season Review

“Faded Dreams” by Robert Zurer, 11 x 14 Oil on Fiberboard, 2011

 

 

"Virgil" by Robert Zurer, 14 x 11 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015, Mud Season Review

“Virgil” by Robert Zurer, 14 x 11 Oil on Fiberboard, 2015

 

 

Artist Statement

There is a delectable “unknown” hidden everywhere, behind everything. If I listen, it calls, and if I call, it listens. I want to stick my mind and heart and fingers into it and play hard. I start my work using random lines. I then pay close attention and wait.

It turns out that whenever I shut up, listen, and pay attention to anything at all, something happens. It feels like an idea or an impulse is coming into me from outside, as if I am receiving a Message from the Mystery.

I must act on it. I cannot think or hesitate because then it is lost. It is a volley, a call and response, a dialog. I make a move, wait, then another, and so forth. At each step everything changes.

The problem is how to make it “work”.

I don’t know quite what it is that makes something work or not work. But I do know that things that work are whole, powerful and true. They have an immediate and lasting effect. That is what I am trying to learn to do by doing.

Robert Zurer

Robert Zurer was born in New York City and has lived and worked there all his life. He has been drawing and painting since childhood. He is primarily self-taught although he studied privately with Wade Schuman for a number of years. His work may be viewed at http://www.robertzurer.com

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