Stone, Robert.  Self Portrait with View Cameras . 2018. 20x24 Polaroid. Courtesy of  John Reuter .

Stone, Robert. Self Portrait with View Cameras. 2018. 20x24 Polaroid. Courtesy of John Reuter.

 

About The Artist

Robert Stone is a visual artist who’s primary mode of expression is photography.  Stone was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT.  He received his A.F.A. in Fine Art from Housatonic Community College and his B.F.A. in Photography from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.  In 2019 he became a Launchpad Member at the Five Points Center for the Visual Arts.  He is currently attending the Rochester Institute of Technology for an M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media.

Stone’s more recent work consists of visual narrative that investigates the weakness and determination of others when faced with challenge, and the trauma people often suffer beneath their veiled surface.  Through these visual essays he discusses the tension and struggles tied to our abridged life, in an effort to engage in a conversation about our struggling humanity.

Artist STATEMENT

A tensive discord exists within our global world. A prosaic yet undeniably disheartening schism that is ever churning as we grow and change.  These tides in our lives can forever alter the course we once had.  They have for me.

As a product of the gap between the X and Millennial generations, I have often felt as though I am caught between two worlds, the analog, and the digital.  The astounding leaps I have seen in technology have brought forth great access and dissemination of the viewable image.  This acceleration in visual communication has allowed us to view more deeply the stress and fragility of our vital spark in ways that were impossible for our forbearers.  These leaps have left fissures between us, but have also broadened our ability to disseminate truth and share our discoveries about what makes us thrive. 

In my work I explore what lies beneath the frail dermal periphery that is our abridged life.  The things that stir me are the injustices I see in the world and the pains that can shift us.  I seek to unfasten the tension in ourselves and in our humanity and explore events that tie into our exhausted benevolence.