Evan Robarts appropriates everyday objects (think Duchamp and his urinal) and transforms them into works that riff on the 20th century’s dominant artistic ‘isms.
A first glance the work above is simply the front gate of a sports-mad family of 5...
But look through the eyes of an art history nerd and you can see an ode to Minimalism with a touch of Dada-esque humor. The materials are industrial - see Richard Serra - there is a grid – thanks Agnes Martin – a confusing sculpture as painting installation - Donald Judd - then the field is disrupted with randomly placed balls – Hans Arp, Dada, and reliance on anti-art chance, hooray!
It’s like one big geeky in-joke.
Go see for yourself this Saturday. Robarts has work in Derive(s) a group show at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.