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Ikonic Constructions, Sculpture and Drawings
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Robert Eustace
Meadville , Pennsylvania - United States
Mixed Media & Collage - Other/Misc.

"Born April 1957 in Inwood - Manhattan, NYC.... Robert Eustace attributes his eventual 'calling' in Art to various central roots: playtime in the surrounding park systems 'primeval wilderness'; discovering mystery and wonder amongst the art, fragrances and shadows found within the traditional catholic church; and being mentored by the primitive expressionist painter PETER DEAN (1934-93).... His work evokes a mysticism of memory and yearning for the transcendent".

"I am primarily interested in space. In the ever changing realm of artistic creation, I am forever searching for a zone, an open space, a place of calm to call my own, an area open to imagination and revelation. Standing here at the end of time on the springboard of eternity... I seek to capture the fragile sparkling of the last interstices as I reach in faith out to the void, create and pull something of substance back into the here and now".

Quotes from: LIFE THESIS : 'Art - Childhood - Mentoring...
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My Artists Statement
"My current work in art is an ongoing extended series called 'AENIGMATE' : Ikonic Mixed-Media/ Altarpiece Constructions. Emerging from this is a related branch of forthcoming works called 'TREE OF SOULS', (Drawings and Constructions) which I began to release in 2011. This body of collected images, likened to illuminated manuscript pages, reliquaries and ikons, stem from my interest in medieval, conceptual and narrative modes of expression. Various themes arise from my studies in art history, philosophy, alchemy, mysticism and the Bible, such as: the life of Mary - mother and child/ Christ's passion/ the apocalyptic collapse of existing structures/ the window as portal to mystery and grace/ sacred symmetry and space - ancient church floor plans. diagrams, labyrinths, gardens/ and the park as model or recurring echo of the paradise garden.

I am interested in the commingling and transformation of materials into seamless and convincing visual worlds or realities. These ikonic works inevitably will take on the character of centuries old ancient ritual objects, that were long buried in the ground and have now once more seen the light of day through careful archaeological excavation. These works also seem to be imbued with 'the patina of time', ie. due to the mildly corrosive chemical action of centuries of candle wax and soot as well as the collected oils from the human touch of pilgrim souls seeking to transfer and receive a blessing. These elements have long acted to obscure and dull the original clarity and brilliance of the pictorial details and finish. Yet, something far richer remains in its place.

Conversely, these works have also been likened to the modern highway billboard and the long term effects of constant friction and wear caused by the natural elements of sun, wind, rain, snow, heat, cold, moisture, dryness... thus, breaking through the latest generation of surface information, while revealing previous underlying, now distorted layers.

The series title 'AENIGMATE' means : At the present time being earthbound and limited in finitude, to see and ascertain only the dimmest of shadows of what truly is and what is to come; like looking through a dark glass. I seek to convey something of the 'mysterium tremendum' - or a visual approximation of the experience of awe, divine mystery and terrible beauty".

Copyright 2012 - Robert P. Eustace

Sun Ra.... excerpt: A Recipe(less) Recipe'....
Sun Ra.... excerpt: 'A Recipe(less) Recipe'....

In my recent research into the fascinating life, music and self-fabricated 'mythology' that remains the legacy left to us of the famous Jazz-Big Band Keyboardist/ Leader Sun Ra (b. 1914 - d. 1993), I came across and wish to present here the following literary account. It takes place during the early 1960's, in downtown New York City, @ the Original, 'Sun Ra Arkestra' Headquarters, called: 'THE SUN PALACE'. This large house/ complex of apartments was located in the heart of the largely burnt-out, abandoned and dangerous 'East Village' @ 48 East 3rd Street.... what became a central focal point of a great cultural Renaissance. It is where Sun Ra and as much of his music entourage as could fit inside, had lived, planned, cooked, slept, created, rehearsed.... during the bulk of their experimental and 'galvanizing' 1960-68 NY Period - the critical point when the Arkestra's identity and purpose were first forged through hard work and discipline. This account is from, perhaps the finest biography ever available on Sun Ra, entitled: 'SPACE IS THE PLACE' (The Life and Times of SUN RA) by author, John F. Szwed, Pantheon Books, New York, 1997, pp. 195-196

I hope you will enjoy !

........ Sometimes when they were short of money for food he took over the cooking, and his cooking was like the music, individualized, spiritually guided, mysteriously concocted. MOON STEW was his chief dish, a mix of green peppers, onion, garlic, potatoes, okra, tomatoes, and ears of corn. And when it was done right, he said you could taste each ingredient individually. Once when he was asked to share the recipe for a musicians cookbook he warned the authors that there were no fixed proportions to it, and that it required the ingredients of sincerity and love, to say nothing of the ability to make the fire burn with psychic intensity.

........ 'You can't say, "One teaspoon of this, or one teaspoon of that". Like a musician, you improvise. It's like being on a spirit plane; you put the proper things in without knowing why. It comes out wonderful when ii's done like that. If you plan it, it doesn't work'.... (SUN RA)

Robert P Eustace copyright (intro notes) 2010

'Enlightment' (In Autumn) - Ikonic Mixed-Media Construction/ Combined Process on Wood with Metal - 24"h x 19.5"w x 3"d, 2016 - $Available for purchase please inquire

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