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.
NOTE: If you’re at the fairs in Miami in December, check out SEASON, a gallery Yoder started last year in Seattle. He’ll be showing a couple of my small paintings in his installation at the Aqua Fair along with work by some other really good artists.
“Robert Yoder: Beautiful William,” Frosch & Portmann, New York, NY. Through December 23, 2011.