ROBERT SAYWITZ  |  Group Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday, May 7, 7-9pm  |  Arc Gallery San Francisco, CA

ROBERT SAYWITZ'S Compulsion—from the artist's SUSPENDED BELIEFS Series—Selected for CHAOS National Juried Exhibition at Arc Gallery San Francisco 
Exhibition Opening Reception: SATURDAY, MAY 7, 7-9pm

San Francisco, CA -- Robert Saywitz's Compulsion, from the artist's Suspended Beliefs series, has been selected for the nationally juried show CHAOS at Arc Gallery, San Francisco, by guest juror Annette Schutz. The exhibition examines how the creative spirit often spins out of control—and how one handles a vortex of senses, impressions, and memories while capturing the experience in the form of art. It explores whether chaos is something one fears, creates, or controls. 
Saywitz's ink, collage, and manual typewriter on paper-series Suspended Beliefs, looks at the constructed, layered, and idiosyncratic nature of storytelling and memory—and its role within family and history. These visual diaries consider our ability to suspend the trauma of our waking lives—seeking refuge in the altered state of sleep or in a collective identity. Words, ideas, quotes, and maps find their way into landscapes and portraits as waking life interacts with the unconscious.

The piece Compulsion, investigates the paralyzing and obsessive nature of the need to perpetually organize, collect, and document. The work also touches upon the idea of family relationships and the role of religion within that structure. The narrative of the piece confronts the idea that each generation adheres to particular religious ideals, and passes them down to each successive generation—and specifically why certain ideals and rituals continue to remain ingrained in our culture, while others slip away. Simultaneously, it explores the curious aspect of ritual and how important religious rites play out as a rote process, devoid of the true meaning behind them—performing a perfunctory version due to fear, tradition, or other unknown reasons. Visual cues within the work reference phylactery—the Jewish Tefilin prayer boxes—as an iconic symbol of mystery and ritual.


Saturday, May 7 - Saturday, June 25, 2016
Gallery Hours:  Wednesdays + Thursdays 1-6pm; Saturdays 12-3pm 

Arc Gallery
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103



Robert Saywitz is a visual storyteller. He creates his own graphic narratives in the form of graphic novels, art books, and original works on canvas and paper. He builds images infused with emotion, that communicate a magnification and intensification of our daily life experiences. The images he creates represent glimpses of how he perceives the places, people, and sounds within himself and the world around him. Finding inspiration in his environment and the world of music, each piece is rendered in a medium that best captures the personality of the subject. He believes that the creative process of the visual artist closely mirrors that of the musician. Both adhere to laws of rhythm, harmony, tone, and composition, while utilizing elements within a specific medium—to create original and evocative stories. An artist and designer, his work ranges from fine art and children’s book illustration, to music, film, and theater design. Saywitz's work has been exhibited at various art spaces and galleries nationally. 

Artwork: Compulsion (detail), 2013, 29.5 x 8.5 in. / 74.93 x 21.59 cm; Suspended Beliefs (Installation shot), 2013, Ink, collage, and manual typewriter on paper suspended by audio cassette: Circles within Circles, 36 x 8.5 in. / 91.44 x 21.59 cm.; Compulsion, 2013, 29.5 x 8.5 in. / 74.93 x 21.59 cm; Hush Harbor, 19.75 x 8.5 in. / 50.16 x 21.59 cm.; Piano Roll, 30 x 8.5 in. / 76.2 x 21.59 cm.; Shipwrecks, 24.125 x 8.5 in. / 61.2 x 21.59 cm.
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