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Walter Robinson, White Castle, 2013, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12".

Walter Robinson

Dorian Grey Gallery

Walter Robinson, White Castle, 2013, acrylic on paper, 9 x 12".

Among the fifty-six “Indulgences” displayed in Walter Robinson’s recent show were paintings of sandwiches, french fries, cookies, pinups, beer, and whiskey, along with those of daily medication, painkillers, and nasal spray. (One painting was from 1997, the rest from between 2009 and 2013.) All are presumably consumed by Robinson, suggesting that the paintings have an implicit “confessional” character. Together, they give the impression of having been created by a studious monk contemplating his sins, painting them in an act of aborted contrition. Many of the works are peculiarly “self-indulgent” by reason of their lush painterliness, while the handling in others is flat and restrained, as though Robinson was trying hard not to give in to temptation. In the latter group, the objects are isolated, seemingly forlorn and untouchable. The obliquely autobiographical character of these

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