• Charles Robb: Crop

  • Charles Robb: Crop

Charles Robb: Crop

2 September–8 October 2005

Catalogue Essay by David Broker

For Crop, the latest installment in his sculptural self-portrait project, Brisbane's Charles Robb strands three life-size self-portraits—aping 'cropped' portrait busts or fragments of classical sculpture—across the floor of our biggest gallery. This beautifully judged work mixes vast space and intense detail, visceral realism and the frigid materiality of marble. Using academic realism to paradoxically expressive effect, Crop combines the ideas of a deposed classical artistic tradition (the busts look like they have been knocked off their pedestals) and the-death-of-the-author (one mouth is stuffed, as if by a mortician or chef), yet exceeds both.