White Columns

Gallery Prophet Royal Robertson: NO PROUD BASTARDS - curated by Erik Parker and Scott Ogden

Prophet Royal Robertson (1931-1997), originally a sign painter by trade, covered every inch of his Baldwin, Louisiana home and yard with apocalyptic hand-made signs and paintings. Visitors and passersby alike were greeted with large, weather-beaten signs warning, “All Crazy Persons Keep Off Lot” and “No Divorced Whores Allowed”. However once you got past these foreboding walls of language, an entirely different world opened up inside his small home. Shrines dedicated to his both beloved and despised ex-wife, Adell, were pushed up against walls that were lined floor to ceiling with poster board renderings of future cities, space autos, couples engaged in sex, weaponry, and calendars chronicling his daily woes and visions. Referencing sources as disparate as the Bible, science fiction magazines, pornography, and cheap tabloid newspapers, his work managed to graphically illustrate the daily concerns that occupied his mind, both real and imagined. More than a reclusive, self-proclaimed prophet, Royal believed himself to be a “Libra Artist, Mystic, Psychic, Lord, and Saint.” He lived in a world where daily visions blended seamlessly into a waking life spent obsessively documenting his otherworldly adventures. The resulting drawings and writings provide direct access into the mind of an evidently troubled, yet visionary individual who perhaps unintentionally created some of the most extraordinary ‘Pop’ art of the 20th Century.

– Scott Ogden and Erik Parker

Prophet Royal Robertson NO PROUD BASTARDS is curated by NY-based artists Scott Ogden and Erik Parker. In 1996 Odgen and Parker visited Royal Robertson in his Baldwin home whilst they were studying art at The University of Texas at Austin. This exhibition will be the first in-depth consideration of Royal Robertson’s work to be held in New York City.

For White Columns, Parker and Ogden have produced ‘Selected Writings / Drawings / Rants by Prophet Royal Robertson’ the 38th edition of White Columns occasional ‘zine ‘The W.C.’ – which is available to purchase from the gallery.

View a video composed of documentary footage of Robertson at his home, which is included in the exhibition: http://royalrobertson.tumblr.com

For more information please contact the gallery at info@whitecolumns.org

Related Press

Prophet Royal Robertson - The New York Times - November 17, 2011

Prophet Royal Robertson - Time Out New York - October 20-26, 2011

Prophet Royal Robertson - Time Out New York - Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2011

Prophet Royal Robertson in his yard at home, Baldwin, LA
Photograph by Frédéric Allamel

Installation view

Installation view

No Divorce Whore's Allowed, N.D.
Enamel on wood
47 1/2 x 18 in.
Private Collection

Installation view

In the Day Earth Stood Still, N.D.
Mixed media on poster board, double-sided
28 x 22 in.