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Karin Clarke Gallery        760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401         541.684.7963         kclarkegallery@mindspring.com
Also on display right now:

Margaret Coe's TRUE CRIME: The Borghese Case, oil on canvas, 36x48", 2017




Robert Schlegel’s acrylic paintings explore the tension between the representational and the abstract. He responds to structures, landscapes and animals in their surroundings with works on panel or canvas and often includes collaged materials in these images. Schlegel begins with a sketch in charcoal, graphite, or oil pastel, and then develops the image either in studio or en plein-air. Schlegel also explores three-dimensional forms. Using paper, wire, string, and fabric, he sculpts “gestures” capturing the posture and movement of birds and figures.


Margaret Coe’s 2017 oil painting: True Crime: The Borghese Case deals with the paradox of the beauty of this sculpture but the reality that it depicts a savage act. Coe went to Italy in early 2016 and photographed this famous Bernini sculpture The Rape of Proserpina at the Borghese museum. She mentions that the Romans handled rape as a very matter-of-fact way as if a natural thing, when in fact it is a traumatic experience, happening to a very young woman. The paradox she hoped to capture is that here is a beautiful sculpture, in an amazing museum but it is really a crime scene. 
She altered the space on her canvas from the lay-out of how the sculpture exists in the museum. What would be the pedestal this piece would be sitting on in the museum is shown empty in the background of the painting, as if Pluto is on the get-away. Another figure or sculpture is barely suggested in the remote background. 
Motivated by wanting to paint the sculpture, thinking about the mythology, she depicted both the beauty (above on the canvas) of the art but also allowed the violent darker point of view to exist (below in the composition).