New York

Robert Zakanitch

Robert Miller Gallery

Robert Zakanitch is commonly called a pattern painter, and though he deals with repetitions of one motif, his use of an actual pattern is so far removed from anything repetitious and mechanical as to redefine the word. Zakanitch does not repeat as much as he breaks his own rules, using a motif only as a springboard for variation and nuance. Laying down a groundwork of a specific floral motif, he proceeds to counter accurate repetition with changes in color, brushwork and spatial references. Using anything from delicate, finicky nosegays to primeval foliage, he combines color with connotation, obliterating the notion of decoration completely.

Where the image itself threatens to become sweetly nostalgic he perverts it into gaudy sentiment so that nailpolish pinks and lipstick roses conjure up images of decay and seediness as much as they imply romance. Even the least aggressive canvas combines

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