b. 1991, Baltimore, USA; lives and works in New York, U.S.
Robert Sandler works across media to examine the relationship between identification and desire in the construction of meaning. His recent work redeploys the figure of the clown in a variety of scenarios, including a near shot-for-shot remake of the balcony scene from the 1961 film version of West Side Story and within the domestic sphere (eating a mound of spaghetti; washing dishes in a bubble bath). He frequently deconstructs meaning by frustrating the viewer’s own sense of desire, however, and playfully explores our collective fantasies in images that reference popular culture and parody domestic life.These images open space for the clown beyond cathartic release in the face of suffering and death, charting the political possibilities of excess and failure.
Robert Sandler's recent exhibitions include LISTE Art Fair, Kai Matsumiya, Basel (2022); Ha! Ah!, Kai Matsumiya, New York (2021); NADA Miami, Kai Matsumiya, Miami (2021); Missing Target, Kai Matsumiya, New York (2021); Show Me The Signs, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2019); But nobody showed up, Kai Matsumiya, New York (2019); Hypomnemata, Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle (2017); and Lumination, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad (2015).
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