Robert Overby

Esquire Showcard: Works from 1969 through 1991

September 8 through October 22, 2016

ROBERT OVERBY

TAUT, 4 November 1980-89 (Revised 11 August 1989)

Oil on canvas

14 x 11 ¾ inches

ROBERT OVERBY
Bonnie, 1978
Oil on canvas
85 ½ x 70 ½ inches

 

ROBERT OVERBY

Yellow Blue, 1978

Oil and pigment on canvas

12 x 12 inches 

ROBERT OVERBY

Yellow Frag, 1978

Oil on canvas

16 x 13 ½ inches

ROBERT OVERBY
DCT, 1973
Oil on canvas
38 ½ x 51 ¼ inches

 

ROBERT OVERBY

Untitled (#2), 1986

Oil on canvas

14 x 12 inches

ROBERT OVERBY

Untitled (#4), 1986

Oil on canvas

12 x 12 inches

ROBERT OVERBY

Yellow Scoot, 12 July 1970

Mixed Media

Size varies with installation
 

Great American Pepper (Clouds), Great American Pepper, and Ecology I

Serigraph; triptych

26 x 20 inches (each)

26 3/4 x 20 5/8 inches (frame

Robert Overby

Great American Pepper (Clouds), September 1969

Serigraph

Part 1 of triptych

Robert Overby

Great American Pepper, September 1969

Serigraph

26 x 20 inches

Part 2 of triptych

Robert Overby

Ecology I, September 1969

Serigraph 

26 x 20 inches

Part 3 of triptych

ROBERT OVERBY

NT (Painting Study), 20 January 1974

Gouache on printed image

1 3/8 x 2 ¾ inches (image)

3 x 4 inches (window)

7 ½ x 7 inches (sheet)

8 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches (frame)

ROBERT OVERBY       

NY Wall Study, 30 November 1972

Gouache on paper

6 x 15 ¼ inches (image)
8 ¼ x 17 ½ inches (window)

13 x 18 inches (frame)

ROBERT OVERBY

3-S Dream, 25 March 1984

Gouache on paper

7 1/4 x 9 ¼ inches

ROBERT OVERBY

Andy’s DT, 3 October 1980

Marker and pencil on paper

11 x 8 ½ inches 

ROBERT OVERBY

No Title (ref #35), 17, 21, 22 March 1989, 8 Feb 88

Gouache, graphite, ballpoint ink and masking tape on acetate on Polaroid

3 ½ x 3 ¼ inches (image)

4 ½ x 3 ¾ inches (sheet)

ROBERT OVERBY

No Title Drawing #37, 22 June 1987

Watercolor, marker and pencil on paper

3 1/8 x 3 inches (image)

3 ½ x 3 ¼ inches (window)

4 ¾ x 5 ½ inches (sheet)

14 x 11 inches (mat)

ROBERT OVERBY

No Title (ref #35), 22 March 1989, 15 Jan 89

Gouache, graphite, ballpoint ink and masking tape on acetate on Polaroid

3 ½ x 2 ¾ inches (image)

4 x 4 inches (sheet)

ROBERT OVERBY

Him and Him 2, 18 September 1978

Gouache on paper

6 ½ x 5 5/8 inches (image)

24 3/16 x 11 1/16 inches (frame)

24 3/16 x 11 1/16 inches (frame)

ROBERT OVERBY

UT Daylillies, 1977

Oil on canvas

77 ½ x 60 inches

ROBERT OVERBY

No Title #39, 5 October 1987

Photomontage

6 1/8 x 6 ¾ inches (image/window)

7 ½ x 10 inches (sheet)

17 7/8 x 14 ½ inches (frame)

ROBERT OVERBY

Untitled (Montage 4), 1976

Collage on paper

5 3/8 x 6 ½ inches

17 7/8 x 14 ½ inches (frame)

Press Release

Robert Overby

Esquire Showcard: Works from 1969 through 1991

September 9 through October 22

Preview: September 8, 6 – 8 pm

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Robert Overby.

 

Throughout his career, Robert Overby used the fictitious signature, “Esquire Showcard” that he stamped onto the backs of paintings and drawings. If looked at singularly, “esquire” can be defined as an ambiguous title given to someone out of courtesy. Its nature is self-referential—it is a title given solely for the purpose of having a title. On the other hand, “showcard” is devoid of any of that entitlement. It is a tool used in advertising and links itself to a different type of life. When these two words are combined, they create an alter-ego that acts as a joining of Overby’s fine art and graphic design practice. The words mirror each other, and in turn, Overby, himself. This dichotomy allowed for Overby to approach his art from a different vantage point.

 

In examining Overby’s oeuvre, there is a prevalence of works that use the idea of a “montage”—a way in which one can create a wholly singular work from different fragments and components. By using that conceptual framework as a lens to examine Overby’s pieces, we pinpoint various instances where his graphic design background can be seen as informing and influencing his fine art process. Paintings, works on paper, and installations that layer, project, and translate different visual motifs onto themselves, and each other. Through the use of a grid, as Overby noted in his 1988 sketchbook, he is allowed complete range of content from non-objective to figurative.

 

 

The works in this exhibition range from figurative to abstract, from 1969-1991. They act as a chronology of Overby’s stylistic practice and his shift back and forth between the two. In a promotional brochure produced by Overby around 1984, he is noted as saying that “the philosophy of [graphic design] doesn’t cross over [into the art], but the form does.” The use of geometry and grids is seen as solidifying and creating a middle ground where figuration and abstraction exist together—where the boundary between Overby’s graphic design and fine art practice become blurred.

 

Curated by Miller Robinson, Linda Burnham, and the Estate of Robert Overby.

 

About the Artist

Robert Overby (1935-1993) rarely showed in his lifetime. He had his first solo show in New York in 1996 at Fredericks & Freiser. Subsequently he has had retrospectives at the Hammer Museum, LA; Luckman Gallery, California State University, LA; GAMec, Bergamo (travelled to Bergen Kunsthall, Centre D’Art Contemporian, Geneva, and Le Consortium, Dijon). His work has been collected by the Art Institute of Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art; MoCA, LA; SF MoMA; LACMA; and MoMA, NY. This will be his 6th solo exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser.

 

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