Charlie Roberts
Laffy Taffy

 

03.06.17 - 24.06.17

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Press release
Installation images

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Girl, shake dat laffy taffy
That laffy taffy
Shake that laffy taffy
That laffy taffy
Girl, shake that laffy taffy
That laffy taffy
That laffy taffy (candy girl)
That laffy taffy

What exactly is a Laffy Taffy? It’s softer than regular taffy, more pliable and smooth, and yet, it’s still stretchy and yummy like taffy, packed with tongue-wowing flavors like green apple, cherry, and banana, just to name a few. It even comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, from ropes and bars to candy canes and mini packs. You might say it’s the kind of versatile treat that tickles the funny bone and the yummy bone, with knee-slapping jokes on every wrapper. Share some giggles at your next get-together with a bowl of these kooky taffy treats!

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Rod Bianco is proud to present Laffy Taffy by Charlie Roberts. In this exhibition the artist will present a series of paintings on paper, as well as a collection of ceramic sculptures. This will be his first solo show at the gallery. Charlie Roberts wide-ranging practice encompasses paintings as well as pained sculptures made from both clay and tree chuncks. His work borrow from art-historical and pop cultural sources. The contents of his cramped paintings are stacked one above the other, showing different views simultaneously.

Roberts is fearless in his approach to subject, style and technique. The result becomes full of energy, determination and a unique expression which draws on the illusion of the good life. The bluntly stylized figuration suggest an affinity with Christop Ruckhäberle and the artist associated with Lubok Verlag, and his work show a similar fascination with folk art, popular graphics and hip-hop culture with Roberts recognizable beautiful young sporty women. The subject matter, utterly contemporary, banal and everyday is at odds with the delicacy of the medium they are made in.