City Block Series #4

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This 3rd piece is also from series I began a few years ago and I call my "Construction" series. It is based on my life as artist in residence the Lower East Side, NY, from 1983 until present. Exploring the changing shapes and colors of and the mystery of that Dynamic city.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

January 24, 2022

Robert Petrick’s "City Block Series #4" is a beautiful evocation of change and architecture in the tradition of Richard Diebenkorn’s "Ocean Park" series. Diebenkorn is famous for his highly abstract and gesturally geometric cityscapes. Initially, one might see Diebenkorn’s paintings of Santa Monica as an ariel view of the city, where crisscrossing streets form an abstract geometric pattern. Diebenkorn, however, attempted to do away with the false dichotomy of "seen above and below". Regardless of the angle, he saw everything as a commingling of shapes and light, which defied figurative representation. Petrick is equally unconcerned with exact representation and equally preoccupied with color and form. He not only paints the nascent skeletons of soon-to-be buildings but also the sound and fury of their construction. "City Block Series #4" communicates the intrusive feelings of change these new buildings usher in, the unrelenting cacophony of construction and activity with which they flood their neighbors.

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Robert Petrick
Robert Petrick Creator

January 25, 2022

Thanks for your review, Interestingly I have been compared to Diebencorn before. I do like his work but I would find it hard to work in his color range. I have been painting seriously since about 1968. I have developed several style directions some, like Diebencorn are impressionistic, some of my work are even letter form paintings which I call "Wordart". My current thinking is there is no time element in my work and I feel free to use my old work to reference the new. I am currently developing styles in the form of series. The first of which shown on Altamira's site is the "Construction" series which consists of about 15 paintings. I look forward to hearing more of your point of view.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

January 26, 2022

I look forward to writing about your other work! your color palette is certainly more robust than his tend to be

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Robert Petrick
Abstract Expressionism, Abstract
Painting - Unframed
Acrylic, Canvas
24.00 inches wide
36.00 inches tall
1.50 inches deep
7.00 lbs