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ROBERT HARMS, Paintings

July 1 – August 7, 2022

In idyllic seclusion, Robert Harms practices his own brand of rustic lyricism from his cottage-like studio overlooking Little Fresh Pond in Southampton. Underlying his poetic approach to painting is a reliance upon intense observation of the subtle shifts in light and fleeting atmospheric effects inherent to this setting. But Harms’ “landscapes” are filtered through a devotion to abstraction seeded by formative personal relationships with first generation abstract expressionists. He does not paint the landscape, but evokes the experience of being in the landscape. Harms has been painting in the Hamptons for nearly forty years; over the past two years the continuum between nature and art has been disrupted unimaginably. Self-imposed “idyllic” seclusion is different from pandemic-imposed isolation. Anxious to “get out,” these recent paintings forego the white borders employed in previous work. Challenging the edge of the canvas, the ribbonlike calligraphic brushstrokes are held just in check, poised to extend physically, conceptually and emotionally beyond. Here, there is a new open-endedness where everything is in flux, a pertinent evocation of the landscape in which we now find ourselves.

Robert Harms (born 1962, Long Island) lives and works in Southampton. Recent solo exhibitions include Rebecca Ibel Gallery in Columbus, OH, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in New York City and The Drawing Room in East Hampton, NY. Harms is the recipient of awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the National Arts Club, and his work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guild Hall Museum and The Parrish Art Museum. He attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

The MADOO Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of MADOO, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.

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Daylillies, 2020 Oil on Canvas 42 x 42 inches

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