DETAIL: Fred FISHER 'Tilt' 2005, MDF synthetic polymer paint
Charles ROBB | Protrusion

ROBB, Charles
Australia 1971
Protrusion 2004
fibreglass, polyester resin, lead shot, synthetic polymer paint
35.0 (h) x 20.0 (w) x 20.0 (d) cm
Courtesy of Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
VIEW: Artist's Statement |

Term and Protrusion are two instalments in my ongoing project of self-portraiture.

With its primary celebration of the heroic ‘exceptional individual’, the portrait bust may be considered the Post-Enlightenment artform par excellence. Formally, these works use the portrait as the intersecting point for a visceral realism and the cold materiality of neoclassical marble. The resulting hybridised bodily fragments leave the heroic behind, placing the bust within a realm of ‘casualty’ or damage.

On one hand these works make a feature of the problems particular to figurative sculpture – the ‘edit’ and sculpture’s internal space – but when these brutal alterations are made visceral they express more than mere stylistic convention. The violence done to the body in sculptural composition can be see as a metaphor for both the male relationship with the body, and a contemporary assault on humanism and its associated values.

Photography: Peter Budd
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