Robert Yoder: The Shingle Factory

July 20 – October 3, 2008

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to present The Shingle Factory, an exhibition of new works on paper by Seattle-based artist Robert Yoder. Well-known in the Northwest, Yoder makes his debut in the Bay Area with this exhibition, which is also his first with Traywick Contemporary.

Robert Yoder has built a reputation for confounding viewer’s expectations by making art out of fragments of other things that in his hands become intricate and harmonious compositions. Past series have included materials such as recycled highway signs, children’s Legos building blocks, and luxury brand shopping bags, which he dissects and rearranges into unimaginable and energetic explosions with shards pushing to the edges of the work.

In this current body of work , Yoder has chosen industrial vinyl, reflective tape, glossy magazines and drawings as materials for his collages. In these pieces, fragments of color, shape and images are dispersed over distorted, ambiguous space. The unidentifiable and the ephemeral merge in his work as a balancing act between abstraction and representation.

With these collages, Yoder succeeds in depicting the impossible perspectives, collapsed space and multiple views more commonly seen in three-dimensional work. The exhibition title is a reference to a critic’s description of Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase as an explosion in a shingle factory.

Robert Yoder received his MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle WA. His work is in included in many important public and private collections. He has shown extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest including such venues as the Seattle Art Museum; The Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; The Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA and The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR.

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