ROBERT MIRENZI

Born in Pittsburgh in 1956, Mirenzi settled in Seattle in the early 1980's.  He uses found objects to create his art.


ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My job as an artist is to create a level of dissatisfaction in each person's world view, to force the traditional relationship between reality and ideas about reality to a level just past the typical.

This push is best achieved visually, before ideas are cluttered with the masking of thought and word.  Art employs the full impact of sight before reason.

The materials I use are pieces and snips of things hidden in everyday life, small sections of objects, common items, things overlooked and taken for granted; rubber bands, wire, chalk, etc.  I take these items, transform and manipulate them and their relationship to each other, into art.

Art serves an active and passive function.  The power in art is found both in the conceptual changes it catalyzes in the viewer and in the record it leaves of it's creation.  There is a direct relationship between the finished piece and the work as it is made.  It becomes a visual tracing of the manipulations put on the materials by me and created between them.

I keep a small visual vocabulary, simplified to best trigger quick and deliberate response, primary colors, relationship of pairs, comparison of processes.

The materials of the piece, the processes they undergo and influence, the record of the processes, all rise to an equal level of importance in the finished piece.

The viewer is subtlety taken past the traditional position as an onlooker.  Ideas about form and use are brought to question.  A clearer grasp of these questions is made possible by allowing the viewer to follow the same visual path of process, reaction and response taken by the artist.

Hopefully art can quietly sneak into the viewer's life.  It can grow past something that is viewed into something that influences the viewer. It raises questions and sheds light.













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