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Land Without Footprints

  • Lazarides Rathbone
  • Lazarides Rathbone
  • Lazarides Rathbone
November 9, 2014
Ana Bambic Kostov is an art historian with passion for contemporary art.

Looking eastward, Poland has established itself as one of the foremost, if not the foremost, centers for urban art in Eastern Europe. Motherland of artists such as Etam Cru or M-City, has given Robert Proch to the world as well, who is probably one of the most prolific urban painters from the Polish scene. His work can be seen at the still ongoing group show Polish Urban Art at Urban Spree gallery in Berlin, while the artist recently co-curated Jednakowo / Różni exhibition at The Outsiders Newcastle, also still on view. A new striking body of abstract pieces by Proch is to be presented at Lazarides Rathbone this month under the title Land Without Footprints.

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Robert Proch – Land Without Footprints

Robert Proch

Robert Proch started as a graffiti writer in his hometown, but soon became interested in the traditional painting. His contemporary artwork was shown in Poland, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Estonia and Germany, while the Lazarides is bringing Proch to the UK. Eclecticism of Robert Proch paintings is read everywhere, while the influences are excellently melted together, demonstrating the artist’s proficiency in the medium. His painting is narrative in essence, but allusive as well, as the abstract sections carry it beyond representation, allowing for various interpretations. Bold in the use of color and refined in emotion, Robert Proch is the illustrator of melancholy, ambition, fear, arrogance, loss, avarice and friendship, interwoven throughout his shopping-mall and coffee shop placed scenes. What the observer reads from every painting is the intensity of the situation, along with its universal nature and the quality of the represented human relationships.

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Robert Proch – Initiations, 2013

Robert Proch at Lazarides

Robert Proch is a painter, muralist and animator, whose expression’s roots can be found in caricature, animation and Impressionism, especially for the Lazarides exhibition. His works are made as an overt commentary to the society we live in and to its fast-evolving dynamics, while addressing the manner in which we interact with these changes. As his interest lies within the human interactions in the technologically oversaturated surroundings, Robert Proch breaks down natural setting, creating landscape-like environment where human shapes exist in between infinite square fields, which resemble oversized pixels. Mysterious and alluring, the paintings narrate merged stories of the depicted protagonists, while bridging the gap between realistic city scapes and virtually created background, leaving the observer to figure out what is real and what is imagined. With the help of altered perspective, the artist flattens or volumizes shape, while the surreal world depicted suggests what the future will bring.

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Robert Proch – Land Without Footprints

Land Without Footprints

Observing Proch’s paintings, it’s hard to differentiate which humans are trapped within the two-dimensional reality, as the paintings seem to be moving, and the shapes changing volume. Such results came because of the artist’s exceptional technique skills, mastered over the past half of a decade. The two realms fuse and collide, while the harmonious palette accentuates crucial elements, bringing the whole canvas into balance. Land Without Footprints exhibition will show 15 latest acrylic paintings of various formats, some of which are practically monumental, having 4 square meters in canvas size. The show is scheduled for November 21 at Lazarides Rathbone, running through December 20, 2014.

Read more about Polish urban art in our articles Narrative Urban Art and Street in Gdansk.

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Robert Proch – Callow War Stories

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