Rob Sherwood’s work is about finding a depth of perception, literally and metaphorically, in a flat-screened world. He considers himself a painter but his practice has always allowed some time for conducting experiments with various lens based media.
Attracted by the way digital technology blurs boundaries between physical and virtual space, his paintings can be seen as taking the grid for a visual metaphor of human cognition. Whether each square is interpreted as a pixel, cell, bit or atom is consequential to it being first and foremost just a painted mark.
Recently he has begun translating his aesthetic sensibilities and theoretical interests into objects. As with his grid paintings, these works tamper with an apparently rigid system and find creative space in a subjective interference. The suggestion is that models which appear strict or sterile can combine meaningfully with subjective fields of feeling, whether in the algorithms of the internet or those of a painted pattern.
[text taken from Frederica Schiavo Gallery]