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Robert Seaver

Leslie Cecil Gallery

In this series of untitled still lifes, Robert Seaver displays a profound understanding of the expressive power of things. Working in pastel, a medium known for its rich physical properties, Seaver builds dense and dynamic surfaces and succeeds in bringing out, with enticing results, the palpable dimension of forms. The objects that interest Seaver are representative of the artist’s own wide-ranging esthetic tastes, which span the fields of fine and decorative arts. Some objects, such as the 18th-century French silver coffeepot that figures prominently in one composition, are encoded with historical significance. Others, such as the playing cards that appear in another work, speak directly of the artist’s interest in the symbolic aspects of reality. Through his meticulous and, in many instances, eye-dazzling meditations on the appearances of things, he conveys the force-as-visual-metaphor

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