About The Artist:
‘Taking photographic images and moving them to an abstract level has always been my main motivation’
Canadian camera artist Robert Slatkoff’s artwork hangs in the halls of internationally regarded fine art institutions (MAC Montreal, Canadian Art Bank) and discerning private collectors. He is as much a hunter as he is a photographer when seeking inspiration in the subject matter he captures. Exploring and exploding the proportions and appearances of his trophies, Slatkoff works at the abstractions of his closely-scrutinised and carefully selected image layers, the hidden meanings uncovered that resonate as mysterious and undeniably human, despite the mechanics of its making. The artist advantages his many accumulated talents, incorporating and elaborating upon techniques of photography, painting and silk screening to develop and complete his artworks. For Slatkoff the success of his work lies in the visceral, emotional reactions and connections they elicit regardless of the walls upon which they reside.
About The Process:
‘The Digital space opens enormous potential and possibilities, where the tensions between the worlds of light and dark, of photo and fine art can be more greatly explored at the point of transition’
It starts like any sound creative process should: with an opening of mind, heart and eye, and a foray into the wider world. With an adventurous spirit a hunt begins for inspiration among the forms of the natural and man-made environments that surround him. The artist enters the wider world looking, seeing, feeling. For Robert Slatkoff an emotional response to his subject is as essential as and continues on from the image hunt itself. Blending technical possibilities, Slatkoff is interested by and pushes at the boundaries between the artist, the lens, traditions of image-processing and the idea of a photograph. The final artworks are, like our own world, comprised of a multitude of variations and a diversity of elements – reflective of internal as much as perceived external experiences and interpretations. Bringing both image and experience to print is enabled with Apple and Epson technologies, Slatkoff arrives at a uniquely individual yet deeply resonant process that incorporates as much emotion as source imagery, looks through as well as at a its collected subjects and emerges with new, evocative and unusual worlds to explore.
About The Artwork
“Photographing has become a way of life for me and I constantly search for a meaning which is hidden within what we perceive as reality. I know deeply that there is a mysterious dimension to everything, and it has become my mission to be aware of it. By creating a photograph I prove to myself that this dimension exists. My work is changing in surprising ways. It has become more abstract and coming from a deeper part of myself. I feel like an archeologist who is discovering another reality. I am impatient to see where I will be led.”
Creative Visual Content
ROBERT OF MONTREAL
Born in Montreal in 1938, Robert Slatkoff has two visually oriented careers. He is a retired radiologist and has been an exhibiting photographer since 1968. He has exhibited his work in Montreal and across Canada and is represented in the permanent collections of the : Canada Council Art Bank and the Musee d’Art Comptemporain of Montreal.
“Photographing has become a way of life for me and I constantly search for a meaning which is hidden within what we perceive as reality. I know deeply that there is a mysterious dimension to everything, and it has become my mission to be aware of it. By creating a photograph I prove to myself that this dimension exists.”
He starts with images of walls, undersides of boats,construction sites etc , combines and blends the images in a computer to gradually produce a final result. The end product resembles an abstract landscape. Often mistaken for paintings, the works are entirely photographic in origin. The ink jet images are printed in various sizes up to 40 x 60 inches. There are 3 sizes in editions of 15 for each image.
The most recent important exhibitions have been in Montreal at the Galerie Art Mur (2010), Agora Gallery New York (2012), the Dylan Ellis Gallery in Toronto (2017) and Place des Citoyens Sainte Adele QC (2018).
“ Robert has a natural skill that exceeds ordinary ability; he sees things most people don’t! ”
“Talent isn’t the only thing that makes Robert great: persistence, practice, and the desire to provoke emotional reaction have made him an incredible artist.”