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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 14 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 14 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 14 in.
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Robert Petrick
"Structure Series #2 V. 1," Colorful Abstract Painting, East Village

2020

$850

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“Structure Series #2” Version 2 2020 Acrylic, oil and chalk on canvas 14 x 24 x x .625 inches Robert Petrick's paintings create a link between the street culture of the East Village, where he has lived for 31 years, and the power of language, which he has worked with his entire life. Petrick manipulates the semiotics of graffiti writing, stretching and squeezing letters and meaning into asemic shapes. In the aggregation of symbols, piled and stacked on top of each other within the confines of the canvas, one can read the density of the city, a multitude of voices in a confined urban environment. These are not the ordered squiggles of the Keith Haring or the LA2 collaborations; in these works, the raw gestures of written communication are compressed into a chaotic yet elegant jigsaw, flattened of both time and space. They are acts of aggression against order and conformity, reclaiming a landscape made hostile by city planners and the swagger of corporations, advertising firms and domineering architecture. In 1984, Petrick stenciled two designs on walls along Avenue B. Capturing a moment in time, EXIST / EXIT and NOWHERE / NOW HERE were photographed and featured in Vogue magazine. The images presented graffiti as art, a concept that was gaining international attention after the release of Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style and a number of hit songs and music videos. Today Robert Petrick is a prominent typographer and fine artist based in New York City.

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