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Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman: Permutation as Refinement

Robert Sagerman, 32,635, 2020

Robert Sagerman

32,635, 2020

oil on linen

60h x 54w in

RSa038

Robert Sagerman, 15,045, 2020

Robert Sagerman

15,045, 2020

oil on linen

39h x 35w in

RSa031

Robert Sagerman, 8,798, 2020

Robert Sagerman

8,798, 2020

oil on linen

26h x 25w in

RSa033

Robert Sagerman, 3,511, 2020

Robert Sagerman

3,511, 2020

silicone, pigment on linen

12h x 12w in

RSa036

Robert Sagerman, 22,579, 2020

Robert Sagerman

22,579, 2020

oil on linen

48h x 46w in

RSa030

Robert Sagerman, 6,021, 2020

Robert Sagerman

6,021, 2020

silicone, pigment on linen

26h x 25w in

RSa029

Robert Sagerman, 19,971, 2020

Robert Sagerman

19,971, 2020

silicone, pigment on canvas

41h x 71w in

RSa027

Robert Sagerman, 11,836, 2020

Robert Sagerman

11,836, 2020

oil on canvas

36h x 60w in

RSa028

Robert Sagerman, 24,218, 2020

Robert Sagerman

24,218, 2020

oil on linen

48h x 46w in

RSa037

Robert Sagerman, 8,523, 2020

Robert Sagerman

8,523, 2020

oil on linen

26h x 25w in

RSa034

Robert Sagerman, 5,304, 2020

Robert Sagerman

5,304, 2020

oil on linen

26h x 25w in

RSa035

Robert Sagerman, 7,505, 2020

Robert Sagerman

7,505, 2020

silicone, pigment on linen

26h x 25w in

RSa032

Press Release

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition of oil paintings by gallery artist Robert Sagerman. Permutation as Refinement, opens with an artist’s reception on Saturday, February 15th from 5:30 - 8:30pm, and will run through March 21st, 2020. The artist will be in attendance and will participate in an artist's talk at 5:30pm. 

Robert Sagerman’s densely layered impasto paintings swirl and gradate in brilliant hues of oil or silicone, hand milled by the artist from elemental pigments. Sagerman methodically places each stroke with a palette knife, keeping a ledger of the thousands upon tens-of-thousands of marks, which eventually correspond to the title of the completed work. This disciplined method of working parallels Sagerman’s scholarly inquiries applied to his own artistic practice.

The show’s title, Permutation as Refinement, directly correlates to the artist’s personal interest in the practices of Medieval Mysticism, an area in which he is a published PhD. The Hebrew word for "permutation," refers to the meditative, creative process of letter combination. The same word is used to convey "refinement", which in this context refers to the literal purification of metals in fire, as well as the metaphorical trial of facing the inner self, with regards to the creative process.

Robert Sagerman was born in Queens, NY and currently works in Jersey City, NJ. He received his BFA and MFA from Pratt Institute. He also holds an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute as well as an MA in Religious Studies and a PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. Sagerman’s work has been reviewed by Art in AmericaNY Arts MagazineKunstforum InternationalArt News and the Atlanta Journal Constitution among many others. His work is in the public collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), and the Museum Für Konkrete Kunst (Ingolstadt, Germany).

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