Four Eyes Sculpture by Rob Grad

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Sculpture: Paint, Wood, Plastic, New Media, Photo on Wood, Plastic.

This work is from a series of abstract portraits called With Open Eyes.

People provide me with endless inspiration.  Our motivations, beliefs, opinions and perspectives are infinite.  For every layer peeled away, there is always another below it. I am interested in the human connection created when looking into someone’s eyes.  Why is it that it’s difficult to look directly into someone’s eyes and lie?  Why do I divert my gaze if I’m not feeling confident?  And why is it more intense to look directly into someone’s eyes and say, “I love you?”

This wall sculpture is made from hand cut MDF and plexiglass. It contains 2 layers of wood panels and one of made from plexiglass. The surfaces are painted with acrylic and printed with UV cured archival inks and then sealed. The photographic imagery is a simulated multiple exposure process and contains photographs of my eyes, flowers, and multiple of my abstract paintings.

Scientific findings show that we are biologically drawn to eyes when looking at someone because they are the most contrasted points on our face.  We actually have a section in our brain which is dedicated solely to eye recognition.  The reason is to assess danger, as in “are you about to kill me? or, “Are we ok?”  And for connection.  Babies’ eyes aren’t fully developed, and the contrast gives them a focal point.  So we are biologically wired to connect to each others’ eyes.

This work, and this series reflects my interest in that connection.



Four Eyes

Rob Grad

United States


Size: 52 W x 50 H x 4 in

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