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Est. 2004

Robert Otto Epstein

Robert Otto Epstein was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1979, and currently lives and works in Maplewood, NJ. He received his BA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Epstein’s work consists of drawings and paintings on paper based on vintage/1980s/1990s knitting designs for clothing as well as turn of the century lace patterns for domestic textiles. He explores the representation of the body inherent in instructional charts for garments, as well as the coded nature of the signs an symbols cast in torso and sleeve designs. The work couples the visual vocabulary of antique fabric diagrams with the digitization of 1980s era 8-bit data schemata.

Epstein’s primary interests are in modes of production or 'the machinery of making.' He considers the body at work in the vain of Gilles Deleuze's 'desiring machine'—as a kind of round-the-clock factory model where the assembly of 'being' and 'doing' and its creative wares are one in the same. As such, his paintings are as much about the repetitive, mechanistic process that he performs in making them as they are about the formal product.

Recent group exhibitions include: Pattern and Embellishment, Drive-By Projects (Watertown, MA); Affordable Art Fair, Uprise Art (New York); When Will We Grow Up, Finch & Ada (New York); Autumn Exhibition, Finch & Ada (New York); Private Eyes Salon, Finch & Ada (New York); and Leisureland, Maloney Fine Art (Los Angeles). Additionally, Epstein has had solo exhibits nationally and internationally: Sleeveless Cardigan, Mt. Comfort Gallery (Indianapolis, IN); The Machinery of Desire, Retramp Gallery (Berlin); By All Accounts They Look Away, Envoy Enterprises (New York); and Unknown Linguist, Kaffe 1668 (New York).