Los Angeles

Robert Loberg

Primus-Stuart Galleries

Explosive configurations, organic in their frozen placement, occupy deep space in the large-scale collage-paintings of Robert Loberg. Decorative textural stripes, bars, screens, etc., are torn and collated in such a way as to momentarily disguise their original identities. The feverish high state of emotion that ensues is intense, powerful and dramatic, and if there is a weakness it is in this overstatement, this super-magnification of too much while saying too little. Hence, the poster-like quality of these frenetic statements appears to work better in contexts of poster scale rather than semi-muralism. The artist displays a keen awareness of the pictorial subtleties inherent in the relationship between torn paper and painted paint, and combines both, in most cases, with sensitivity and knowledge.

Arthur Secunda