• Robert Lostutter
    Garden of Opiates 13
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 27 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Midnight Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Morning Garden
    2016
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 34 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Evening Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 35 inches

  • Installation view

  • Robert Lostutter
    Night Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 31 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Twilight Garden
    2015
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 18 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Robert Lostutter
    Garden
    2016
    graphite on paper
    20 1/2 x 34 inches

  • Robert Lostutter
    Masdevallia
    2015
    watercolor and graphite on paper
    9 x 7 inches and 9 x 8 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • Installation view


PRESS RELEASE

Opening reception: Friday, April 29, 6-8 PM

As spring is finally sprung, Corbett vs. Dempsey is very pleased to present Garden, an exhibition of new drawings by Robert Lostutter.  This is Lostutter’s third show with the gallery.

With his latest body of work, Lostutter forges deeper still into a indelible series of figurative images that he’s been conjuring for several decades.  The suite of male portraits – six large format drawings and five smaller ones – feature mutant figures, grafts of human and vegetable or avian elements.  Leaves sprout in the place of hair and merge with the features of the face; feathers flank the eyes like a subdermal masquerade ball mask.  As always, Lostutter’s technique is astonishing, imbuing the nearly monochromatic backdrops with a light, airy presence, against which the strange fellowship strikes ecstatic poses.  As indicated by its title, Garden is an outgrowth and extension of Lostutter’s last body of work, Garden of Opiates, a series of watercolor portraits of a related tribe of hybrid men.  Here the artist offers a single watercolor, “Masdevallia,” five views of a budding orchid introducing a quick, bright burst of color into the subtle black and white colony of figures.  The exhibition is accompanied by a 28-page catalog with a short essay by John Corbett and a poem by Lostutter.  Among numerous exhibitions, The Singing Bird Room of Robert Lostutter presented a 30-year survey of his work at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (2012).