ROBERT SHERER

PYROGRAPHY ON WOOD PANEL

Robert Sherer is an internationally exhibiting American visual artist/activist. His multimedia art explores race, gender and sexual identity. Scherer’s wood-burnings are mostly autobiographical, but a few are pure fantasy. Memories of his youth draw upon classic 1960s illustrations. The result is a mixture of appropriation, parody, and nostalgia. Scherer purposely uses well-known camp craft materials and techniques to add to their authentic period flavor. Lines are burned onto sheets of maple veneer with an electric wood-burning tool, and the color is applied with various wood stains. The intent of the series is not simply kitsch nostalgia but rather an attempt to unearth from memory those pivotal moments when the natural love between men challenges and disrupts the social schema of male competition. He creates scenes that, while often humorous, can be interpreted as either sexually charged or perfectly innocent.