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Sunday, October 06, 2013

ROBERT ERNST MARX




  ROBERT ERNST MARX

Herald, 1995
Etching. Edition of 25.
10-3/4 x 7-7/8 inches          





Ward, 1995
Etching. Edition of 15.
11-7/8 x 8-7/8 inches.


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13 comments:

Kate Knower said...

I think Robert Marx's prints have an interesting contrast created with his use of different values of gray. His repetition of faces for his content seem to say something sad. I get a somber feeling from each that carries through from one print to the next.

Dewayne Wrencher said...

Looking at Robert Marx's prints I noticed that he uses crosshatching in his prints of faces, hats and clothing. He must have a very sharp needle. The lines are nice and crisp. Impressive. I think I am going to try it.

Anonymous said...

Roberts work is very abstract and detailed. He has interesting subjects which gives more of a darker emotion. I like his work a lot. He has a very good technique and knows how to make his work look very textured multiple ways. I'd like to have the same effect.

Aspyn said...

I really enjoyed looking through Robert Marx's prints. I haven't seen a technique like his before. It's like he is trying to capture something for the individual; their aura, mood, or thought perhaps. They're kind of dark but yet not...

Chelsey Heintz said...

I really like his etchings, especially "The Three Prophets". His knowledge of line and texture really come through in his prints.

mandy said...

i like the concept of being human in an inhuman age! I like the darkness of this idea, and this leads to a very cool style of printmaking. The cross hatching adds such texture, and it makes me really want to try using it!

Kelsey Walsh said...

Robert Marx's prints are very interesting. He's not afraid to directly place his subject in the certain of the frame. His manipulation of texture is amazing; i love when artists can trick the mind into thinking you can almost feel the drawing/piece of artwork. Very cool!

Ben Kremer said...

Most minimalist stuff doesn't get me going too hard but this is not the case with these prints. Marx' pieces are perfect examples of achieving the "just right" feel where if you added / removed anything it'd ruin them. I think there's a lot of power in the minimal yet bold, deeply etched lines.

Ben said...

Speaking from experience with my own work, its easy to get carried away when doing itaglio. Sometimes simplicity is difficult to achieve while also achieving a successful print. Robert Marx does a good job of creating an atmospheric space along with subtle texture and a minimal subject. I like the way he combines the geometric lines with the loose contour lines in addition to the organic textures.

Clint Tudahl said...

I really like Robert Marx's prints. Normally I don't like minimalist art or art that is very gestural, which is how I initially felt about these prints, but when I went back and looked at them for a second time they really caught my attention. These prints really drew me in because of the high level of attention to detail. Every mark in these prints seems to have been made with the utmost intent.

Paige Weier said...

I do love the minimalist aspect of his prints. I know I over work my own stuff, so being able to have confident enough line to create the figure so beautifully is awesome to me. When he described how his paintings usually come from an abstract train of thought, I felt I could relate. It was great to hear of an artist from the midwest!

Rachel said...

Marx has an interesting style that I'm not sure I completely love. I did enjoy his engraving titled Maud, 2001. It reminds me of baby eaters litho portraits.

BabyEater said...

Marx’s portraits remind me of the German printmaker Horst Jenssen’s work. The forms are heavily gestural and have a certain texture to them. I do enjoy his color prints. Opposed to most color I work with, the color Robert Marx presents color that looks vibrantly drained.