Rob Moler

The Latin Series: Contemporary Landscapes

I believe in the “magic" of objects. Objects, whether man-made or natural, have the power to transport us through time and space.

“THEATRUM” (Theatre) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

Objects whisper words from cherished loved ones, dance to the tunes of faded youth, and echo the bittersweet of life experience. We feather our nests with these shiny things throughout the course of our lives.

“TRANSITUS” (Transition) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

My compositions are slowly crafted to tell visual stories which are both personal and universal. I often use objects from my childhood and youth to reflect observations of my southern culture, the political climate, social behaviors, and human relationships.

“AMOR FRACTUS” (Broken Love) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

I began “The Latin Series” as an exercise in art therapy to help me reconcile the death of a beloved family member. Each landscape began with my symbol of life, the iris, which is both perennial and fragile in nature.

“PACTUM FRACTUS” (Broken Agreement) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

From this central focal point of the iris I worked outward, spending a great deal of time thinking about other objects or animals that might relate to each other in some way to express and communicate my thoughts.

“SPERO” (Hope) 20” x 16” x 2” oil on panel

Latin titles were selected to give guidance to the viewer as to my motivation and message.

“FINIS” (Finished) 24” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

I am drawn to surrealism as it depicts a world where time is meaningless and gravity does not rule.

“HORA FUGIT” (The Hour Passes) 36” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

In my surreal landscapes, objects are possessed by the spirits of positive and negative emotions or are carried by hummingbird messengers to add further depth to the story.

“CARMEN PALLOR” (Faded Song) 24” x 18” x 2” oil on canvas

I expect my audience to meet me half-way in the visual journey by asking thoughtful questions. Conclusions, however, are drawn through individual life experience.

“ANIMA” (Spirit) 20” x 16” x 2” oil on panel

I find painting to be therapeutic as it allows me to express my my disappointments, my solutions, my sarcasm, and my fears.

“MEMINI” (I Remember) 16” x 20” x 2” oil on canvas

Painting frees me to organize my cluttered mind and visually problem-solve.

“EGO VOLO MEMORES” (Will We Remember) 30” x 24” x 2” oil on canvas

I use surrealism to tell stories about life's stressors and the human condition. My paintings reflect the days when I see the glass half-full, and the days when I see the glass half-empty.

“NON OMNIS MORIAR” (I Shall Not All Die) 30” x 24” x 3” oil on canvas

 I often choose specific objects which contradict the core beliefs  found in the religious traditions in relation to rational humanist perspectives. My motto is “Assume nothing; question everything.”

“NATIVITATE AMBIGUAM” (Questionable Birth) 24” x 36” x 2” oil on panel

My paintings are honest reflections of how I perceive reality and my desire to acknowledge its harshness without sugar-coating its nature. My paintings are filled with “magic” but have nothing to do with “magical thinking.”

“COMPELLO NOS SUPER INFINITIO” (Tell Us About Eternity) 24” x 36” x 2” oil on panel

I want to encourage my viewers to abandon the “magical thinking” of religion and consider rational thought as an alternative. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

“AUDITE TENUS CAUSA: INSCIENTIAE QUOD EST VIRUS” (Listen to Reason: Ignorance is Poison) 36” x 24” x 2” oil on panel

Hopefully my work will connect emotionally and intellectually with viewers, thus allowing them to unmask my objects to discover their symbolic essence and find personal meaning within.

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