September 9 through October 15, 2011
Opening reception Friday, September 9, 6-8PM

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Mutinous; a solo exhibition of new paintings and abstract constructions by Dallas based artist Bret Slater. The exhibition opens September 9 with a public reception 6-8PM and continues through October 15, 2011.

Slater’s work combines the simplest forms, tools, materiality, and colors found in the manufactured environment with the friends and villains who create and occupy that space. Cartoonish absurdity and the personalities of Slater’s cast of fictional characters mix, resulting in a range of faceless countenances. Through a hapless comedy of errors, Slater’s transformations result in a space where Ren and Stimpy, Blinky Palermo, office supplies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Robert Ryman, Home Depot, Richard Tuttle, Looney Tunes, and Piet Mondrian get jumbled up. The resulting new objects resemble portraits of buck-toothed bullies, manila folders, and pirates: all harmless fools devoted to their creator’s brand of abstraction.

Bret Slater graduated the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, Dallas, TX with an MFA earlier this year. Previously, he graduated the School of Art + Design at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY with a BFA in 2009. This exhibition appears in the September issue of Modern Painters magazine’s survey of the 100 Best Shows this season internationally, and marks Slater’s first solo gallery exhibition.


Modern Painters Best 100 Shows

Bret Slater

September 9 - October 15, 2011
Opens September 9, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views


Big-Dick Herschel

Bret Slater, Big-Dick Herschel, 2011


Bret Slater, Try, 2011

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