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Robert Lostutter

Phyllis Kind Gallery

Robert Lostutter’s birdmen are voluptuary creatures produced by a wondrous metamorphosis of the human into an eroticized ornithological world. Always tense and alert, his figures sport exotic plumages that advertise sexual availability. This decidedly hothouse esthetic infuses Lostutter’s depiction of a world in which the appearance of things reflects an obsession with the sexuality lurking beneath the surface: leaves start to ripple with labial rhythms, and tight buds of flowers take on penile erectness only to burst open like little paeans to sexual desire.

Lostutter’s use of a visionary and painstaking verisimilitude plays a great role in rendering his transformations palpable. Tremendously subtle and rich coloration informs these watercolor and pencil works, many comprised of sequences of very small images—tropical plumages, ranging from deep purples to acid greens and oranges,

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