“Return to the Scene of the Crime,” an exhibition of new paintings by Robert Yarber, Professor of Art, is on display in the Woskob Family Gallery, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, though July 1, 2016. An artist talk and reception, open to the public, will be held Thursday, April 14, with the talk at 5:30 p.m. and reception 4:30–6:30 p.m.
A Texas native, Yarber is renowned for his dizzying large-scale paintings of figures flying in the night sky above glittering megacities. His hallucinatory style has been credited as the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s movie “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and has earned him international acclaim. Combining the influence of ancient pre-Columbian cultures and Mexican art with modern-day schlock horror and comic-strip grotesque, Yarber’s work is at once disturbing and comedic.
“Return to the Scene of the Crime” includes seven new large-scale paintings. In mood, scale, and palette, they harken back to Yarber’s earlier work, exhibited for the first (and only) time locally at the Palmer Museum of Art in 1989. However, while several of the new works contain Yarber’s signature levitating figures, others are allied but distinct explorations of new colors, forms, and scale relationships. Together, they form a cohesive grouping that nod to the past while signaling the way forward.
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