• $2200

  • size 23" × 22"
  • year 2013
  • materials Graphite on hand-gridded paper
  • framed In white
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“Through my work I explore the way that repetitiveness is structured into discrete forms that are shaped by the prototype, which become the pattern, which become the system, which is itself repeating.” — Robert Otto Epstein
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About the Artist

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Robert Otto Epstein (b. 1979) is a New Jersey-based artist whose work is heavily inspired by deconstructionist philosophy, writing, language, and systems, and the way these disciplines intersect. His gridded drawings and paintings began after becoming interested in instructional guides for knitting - the guides provide a coded plan for creation that is divorced from scale or context. Robert’s drawings on paper build up a “scaffolding” of between 23,000 and 38,000 individual, meticulously hand-drawn squares to create works that evoke pixelated JPGs or rich tapestries, finally removing what remains of the grid to bring the patterned object into focus.He studied philosophy and political science at the University of Pittsburgh and law at the University of Durham in the UK.

From the Journal

From the Journal

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  • Meet
  • Robert Otto Epstein
  • Robert Otto Epstein tells us about influences and processes in his paintings, along with the value of outsider perspectives.
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  • In Good Company
  • DwellStudio
  • Inside the SoHo, NYC DwellStudio store, featuring artwork by Robert Otto Epstein, Erin Lynn Welsh, and Colleen Ho.
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  • At Uprise
  • 5 things you didn't know about Uprise Artists
  • Birthdays are best celebrated with surprises, so in honor of our fifth birthday, we're letting you in on a few facts about Uprise artists that you won't find on their CVs.
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  • At Home
  • Annie & Jack in Prospect Heights
  • When Annie and Jack moved from Chinatown to Prospect Heights, they called upon Refinery29's Sean Santiago to mediate their styles.
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  • In Good Company
  • Oscar Health
  • Headquartered in Nolita's historic Puck Building, the offices of Oscar Health underscore their commitment to redefining the age-old health insurance industry.
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  • Inside the Studio
  • Robert Otto Epstein on 'Grids'
  • We talk to Robert Otto Epstein about the enduring presence of grids in his work, from paper to a painted basketball court in Chelsea.

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