Artist Statement

My art explores lines.    

The way they echo and parallel each other.

The way they build up patterns organically as they accumulate.  

The way their patterns compete and complement.

The way they thicken and fragment and disintegrate and spew.

 

In my drawings and paintings, I establish some basic processes and forms, and let the pen and brush unearth structure. Protuberances and folds emerge, often unplanned and surprising.  Minor deviations and nicks endure and turn into valleys and hills. Patterns self-destruct and new forms collide with the original pattern.  Some of my recent work explores thinner bands of lines that outline regions of color, rather than fully elaborate them, and then juxtaposes them.  I am interested in how these more skeletal structures define geometries.

 

My work explores the edge between pattern and breakdown. In mathematics, there are structures with coherent patterns only at smaller scales; I am fascinated by the ways those areas of order transition. My art strives to navigate between the beauty of order and the tensions of emergent chaos.  

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Robert Bienstock is a Connecticut artist.  After a lifetime of hobbyist drawing, he began creating abstract ink drawings based around parallel lines on New Year’s Eve 2011.  He worked exclusively in pen and ink for several years.  In 2014, he expanded to brush and ink, and began using oil-based monotype backgrounds.  He has studied with Liz Pagano.  

 

He is a member of the Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, CT.  He has shown his art at the Really Affordable Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Red Hook Brooklyn; The Kehler Liddell Gallery in Westville, CT; The Big Draw at Catalyst Gallery, Beacon NY; The Samesex Exhibit at City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport CT; the River Street Gallery in Fair Haven, and in New Haven in the 6th Floor Lobby Conference Room at 2 Whitney Grove Square, New Haven CT and at New Haven’s City Wide Open Studios.

 

He works as Senior Associate General Counsel at Yale University, where he provides legal support to Yale’s research and technology activities, negotiating contracts, handling compliance issues, and providing policy analysis.  He has been active in the National Association of College and University Lawyers, served on its Board of Directors from 2003-2006, and was the recipient of its Distinguished Service award in 2013. He was President of Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque New Mexico in the late 1990s.