We welcome 2011 with the crass, the crude, the inimitable Robert Langenegger. Love him or hate him, whether his pieces make you laugh out loud or cringe in disgust, you have to admit that Robert’s work is certainly distinct. He has claimed the cartoon-like renditions of the most coarse and vulgar–injected with a twisted sense of humor–as his very own. This purveyor of the perverse has brought his narratives to Paris, for an exhibit at Talmart Galerie in 2009, and will be headed to Austria, for a residency with the Galerie Zimmermann Krachtochwill this September.
At Finale’s Video Room, Robert currently shows a dozen bond paper-sized light boxes. This marks a departure from the oil on canvas paintings and installations that has marked his previous Manila exhibits. Each of his light boxes comes in editions of three. As his compositions hearken to posters or book covers, I wondered if these had served as his sources. Apparently not. “Lahat galing sa utak ko! May naiisip akong catchy phrases, tapos may dumadating na kailangan ko ma-sketch.” I shouldn’t even have asked. How can anybody else have come up with these images?
Robert admitted that the limited spectrum of his computer dictated the bright pastel palette he used for these acetates. I felt that the colors went very well with his sense of mischief.
As is his wont, Robert turned the show’s title into a play of words. For those of us used to Robert’s brand of art, Know Offense gives no offense.
Know Offense runs from 6 to 26 January 2010 at Finale Art File Video Room, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces (Pasong Tamo), Makati City. Phone (632) 813-2310 or visit http://www.finaleartfile.com