Bleach cleanses, bleach disinfects, bleach removes color, and when Robb Stone pours bleach on colored silk, he does it to not only create a painting but in reaction to the constant bombardment of social media updates and stimuli that now comprise our landscape of daily information, news, and journalism.
Stone’s creative process is rooted in journaling. He tries to understand himself first before studying and culling the images of others. Those personal profiles found on social networking apps that many might not even admit they’re using, let alone share openly. His obsession is the male torso, selfies found in Grindr, Instagram and Scruff. Self-portraits informed by what he calls “mediated tropes of pornography and editorial advertising,” of heroes and scapegoats, soldiers and athletes, and men failing. It’s a cast of characters that you will be able to examine during his first solo outing, dubbed “Gazing,” opening May 11 at Bert Green Gallery. robbstone.com.