Robert YarberSlam Dunk

Sleep has Eyes
Exhibition:  March 17 – April 30, 2016
Reception: April 1, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: March 31, 5:00 p.m.

The Korn Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Sleep has Eyes by Robert Yarber on view March 17 through April 30, 2016. The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4 p.m., selected weekends and by appointment.

This exhibition consists of paintings and drawings Yarber has done from 2005 to the present. Organized by Drew Professor of Art, Michael Peglau, the exhibition features work whose focus lies not in the pursuit of simple family resemblances of style nor of a series of imagistically related works. Instead Yarber has elected work for this show which all arose of what he has termed, ‘the intensity of his response to the moment.’

Since the early 1970’s, Yarber has created a unique oeuvre which is remarkable in the compositional complexities of its inhabited and natural spaces and in its deployment of figures, ranging from supine to falling to levitating.  Yarber’s work is no less fascinating in terms of his great resources as a colorist. Beyond his total command of both artificial and natural light effects, he often pushes his color into an extreme zone, where coupled with his imagery, it unmoors his work from being exclusively engaged in a shared social world. Instead, his color in it’s aggressive, incandescent interaction with his imagery opens into an interior world where, while we all venture there, unlike Yarber few of us return fully cognizant of its uncanny vividness.

Yarber has had a remarkable career with numerous exhibits in New York, including the Whitney Biennial, many exhibitions internationally, including the Venice Biennial, and many exhibitions in major galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He currently is a distinguished Professor of Art at Pennsylvania State University.