Bobby Vilinsky

Media: Collage, Painting, Printmaking
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Studio Location: Building 4, 3rd Floor

Much of my work started in brush and ink drawing on cheap paper. Originally done from countless life drawing sessions, I accumulated hundreds of images in line and gesture, often depicting figurative relationships. To preserve these images, I recast them in acrylic. By photographing and copying them digitally, I can then transfer them from paper to an acrylic sheet. The acrylic medium is translucent and wax-like which allows the image to remain visible. On top of this I apply layers of transparent oil paint to produce the final effect. Underneath, the rough texture of the wallpaper provides an element of brush stroke and personality. Often the end result takes on the appearance of fabric. To distinguish this acrylic world from paper, allowing this work to remain undressed and daring it to sag, I suspend these pieces with magnets.

A winner of the the SMFA Fifth Year program in Boston, I used the award to travel to Venice and Florence, Italy. This distinction also gave me the chance to perform from a red sandbox in the Torf Gallery of the MFA.

My passion, still, is coiling carbon steel wire so it will stand under its own power.