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Fontaine to exhibit at the CCA April 9

By Staff | Apr 1, 2010

“You call this art” (from the White Series) by Robert Fontaine. Acrylic, charcoal, oil, mixed media collage on canvas.

Artist Robert Fontaine will be exhibiting his latest works at the Captiva Civic Association, beginning on Friday, April 9, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will run until April 20.

When he’s not in the studio creating, Fontaine is the director of the Art Modern Gallery in Naples.

But while Fontaine is constantly surrounded by intricate, complex and colorful works, his latest body of work employs a more minimalistic, stripped down approach.

“During my day job I am surrounded by hundreds of art works, from historical contemporary artists to those up and comingnearly all the works which surround me are wonderfully colorful, dramatic and full of bold elements,” Fontaine said. “But when I retire to my studio, my first instinct is to create works that are contrary to what I see in my everyday landscape. My new paintings are compositions stripped down to the bear bones and, much like the process of minimalism, my central focus is to stop the noise of my past art-making and emphasize on the theme more conceptually. The central idea or the message itself is the painting’s only voice or suggestion.”

Fontaine is not trying to make “pretty” art, he says.

“Can you find the Lies?” (from the White Series) by Robert Fontaine. Acrylic, Mixed Media collage on Wood Panel.

“My current works, [are] more about transposing a central idea into a new context more fitting for where I am at in my journey. Stripped of color and motion, these paintings are white on white on white [and] have the feeling of being unfinished. Words have replaced where color once lived,” Fontaine said.

“The works are impartial – white on white on white on white – a series of large paintings fading into the background of an exhibition space with text replacing where color traditionally lived.”

Fontaine’s exhibit will run at the CCA, 11550 Chapin Lane, until Tuesday, April 20.

For more information about the upcoming exhibit, call the CCA at 472-2111.