Robert Bordo
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30 Apr – 3 Jun 2017
The National Exemplar


Nature, roads, and signs, rendered predominately in thick, dark oil paint, imply oblique narratives about ecology, the current social political landscape, and autobiography. Untitled, 1988, the earliest painting, a detail from a map dominated by the bright blue ocean between continents, suggests a more optimistic time, and a consistent and sustained interest in place, the world, and the state of the world. Subject matter in later works, the Hudson Valley, where Bordo, a native Canadian, has spent the last 18 years painting and living with his longtime partner and now husband, Donald Mouton, a former dancer, and the drive to New York City, where he continues to teach painting at Cooper Union, becomes specific to the point of abstraction.