Equal Parts 1975-85 Classic Sunday Comics and Classic Punk Rock, Robert E. McCormack Brings “Nothing’s Natural” to New Jersey’s BLAST

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Nothing’s Natural, a selection of paintings, collage, and sculpture by Madison, NJ artist Robert E. McCormack at BLAST in Teaneck, NJ.

mixed media on canvas. 35" x 35"

"Undiscovered Desires" mixed media on canvas

The often-decaying surface of these works adds to the unsettling feeling of remembered images meeting more adult themes. In this work, laughs can mask more sensitive emotions.

We at BLAST are excited to announce a show of paintings, collage, and sculpture titled “Nothing’s Natural” by Madison NJ artist Robert E. McCormack.
Growing up in Madison, Robert had what he describes as a “normal suburban Catholic school childhood.” But compelled to make art from a young age, the influences on Robert clearly came from sources beyond Catholic school. The cartoons on TV and the Sunday comics, as well as the punk rock and post-punk music of 1975-85 left an indelible mark on Robert’s work. He recognizes Charles M. Shultz and Mark E. Smith (of the band The Fall) as major influences.

After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Robert supported his art with a great variety of jobs. From jewelry assembler to most recently, artisan bread baker, Robert has always continued to create his hilarious and intriguing work.

Initially parts of these paintings and sculptures will look familiar. One recognizes the faces (or parts of faces—eyes or ears) of various classic cartoon characters. But a longer view reveals a more warped image. Tongues, fingers, and other ambiguous (or not ambiguous) shapes appear. Robert’s work recycles images from his childhood, and uses found objects (discarded and damaged books, toys, machinery) to create the surfaces and sculptures in this show. Mechanical elements interact with more natural appendages. Robert is interested in the relationship between machines and evolution. The often-decaying surface of these works adds to the unsettling feeling of remembered images meeting more adult themes. In this work, laughs can mask more sensitive emotions. But make no mistake—this work is funny.

Robert is available for interviews.

This is the third art show at BLAST in Teaneck in NJ.

The show will run from June 4 through July 5, 2011. There will be an opening reception on June 4 from 6-9 pm.

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