marianne boesky gallery

Robert Elfgen (b. 1972) mines his own personal history and mythology to produce works that question notions of context, appropriation, and subjective experience. Elfgen’s work includes sculpture, film, installation, as well as more traditional crafts such as glass engraving and metal etching. Recurring motifs of flora and fauna from Elfgen’s childhood in rural Germany evoke greater issues of modern existence, contemporary society and its relationship to our pre-industrialized roots. Elfgen’s variations in compositional technique serve the artist’s ongoing investigation of conceptual practices, formal abstraction, and the cultural value of subjective content.