Bool·e·an, Brooklyn / Detroit
Boolean /ˈbo͞olēən/ (noun) a binary variable, having two possible values – true or false. Bool·e·an is energy. Founded by the curious and inquisitive, we believe in art’s ability to create paradoxical truths. We are driven by passion and the whim of inspiration, so we collaborate intermittently.
Robert Otto Epstein's portrait series represents his interest in language and symbols—how a signifier both represents and takes precedence over the meaning of its subject. His portraits are based on Google search images of Hollywood celebrities, fashion models, and sports players. Epstein works within a visual vocabulary of analog patterns and super-flat spaces. Facial features like eyes, noses, and mouths, are playfully reduced to simple forms. Sometimes they smile or stare back, but they always engage the viewer with stoic posturing. Like a writer who accesses memory in order to ‘read’ or make sense of the present, Epstein pulls from a nostalgic past as he renders his figures and invents their wardrobes. The paintings act as both a short and a final cut; they are “linguistic biographies” of his intriguing subjects.
Robert Otto Epstein studied philosophy and political science at the University of Pittsburgh and law at the University of Durham in the UK. He has shown widely in the US and Europe: The Hole (New York); The Drawing Center (New York); Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York); Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA); Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson, NY); Jack Hanley Gallery (New York); Hionas Gallery, (New York); The University of Hawaii (Manoa); 99 Cent Plus (Brooklyn, NY); Mulherin + Pollard (New York); Harbor (New York, NY); Ada Gallery (Richmond, VA); Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn); Outpost Artist Resources (Ridgewood, NY); Lorimoto (Ridgewood, NY); LIU Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY); Voorkamer Gallery (Lier, Belgium); Kenise Barnes Fine Art (Larchmont, NY); Schema Projects (Brooklyn, NY). ROE has been featured in several publications, including: The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, L Magazine, The Jealous Curator, Design Sponge, The Chronogram, The New Criterion, Brown Paper Bag, Pattern Pulp, Juxtapoz, Little Paper Planes, Make Space, Dwell Studio, Roll Magazine, Past Present Future, and The Wild Magazine. Epstein’s work is in the corporate collections
of Facebook, The Big Human, and Fidelity Investments, to name a few. Epstein has curated many exhibitions in NYC. ROE currently lives and works just outside of New York City.