Robert Elfgen “there and after all”
Working between painting, collage, sculpture, and installation, Robert Elfgen draws upon the symbolic power of imagery to create unstable allegories that challenge the fixed nature of representation. Much of Elfgen’s practice is driven by the act of collecting: found street signs, broken fence posts, and other castoff remnants populate his installations and assemblages. Paintings of flora and fauna from his home in rural Germany are intuitively placed alongside these objects to create open-ended metaphors that allow for evolving meanings. It is this intersection of art, society, and nature that is at the forefront of his work.