Robert Yoder's new collages and paintings combined with found papers
have a downbeat quality inspired by the sadcore music he's been
listening to lately. The title of his exhibition at Frosch &
Portmann, "Beautiful William," is from a song by the The Handsome Family
about a man who goes missing under mysterious circumstances. The
texture of Yoder’s gorgeous small abstractions is thick and gooey, yet
strangely delicate. Upon close inspection, sexual and personal details
(which are impossible to see in my images of the work) like phalluses,
scars, and bruises emerge, creating an air of gloomy libido. And all
the found papers have a story, too.
"Robert Yoder: Beautiful William," Frosch & Portmann, New York, NY. Through December 23, 2011.
Inaugural exhibition: Against the Tide (October 2011)
Selected paintings from Scope, Aqua, Pierogi, and Pulse (December 2009)