Portfolio: Robert Zurer
My process is entirely intuitive. I use no external source material and never start with a conscious idea or a plan. My paintings almost always turn out to be narratives describing human struggle and living within paradox and duality.
I start my work using random or automatic gestures. I then pay close attention and wait. It turns out that whenever I shut up, listen, and pay attention to anything at all, something happens. It feels like an idea or an impulse is coming into me from outside, as if I am receiving a Message from the Mystery or perhaps from our collective unconscious.
There is this delectable "unknown" hidden everywhere, behind everything. If I listen, it calls, and if I call, it listens. I am now responsible for responding. I cannot think or hesitate because then it is lost. It is a volley, a call and response. I make a move, wait, then another, and so forth. At each step the whole changes. New forms emerge, others must be sacrificed for the whole.
It is a gift that that such a wonderfully intelligent dialog is available to us all, if we choose to join it.
"There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in"
Robert Zurer is a native New Yorker. He lived and worked there all his life until very recently when he relocated to Philadelphia. He has been drawing and painting since he was a child. He is primarily self-taught although he did study privately for some years with the painter Wade Schuman.
He has had solo shows at CultureFix Gallery and Gallery Sensei in the Lower East Side and at Mondo Contemporary in Summit, NJ. His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows in New York. His work has also been shown in group shows in Nashville, New Haven, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Philadelphia and Edinburgh Scotland.
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