Marc Andre Robinson "You Are the Current I Am the Wire"

Tina Kim Gallery

poster for Marc Andre Robinson "You Are the Current I Am the Wire"

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Tina Kim Gallery presents Marc Andre Robinson: You Are The Current/ I Am the Wire. For his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Robinson will exhibit two sculptures alongside a grid of related drawings that function like an index or alphabet of form. In addition, the artist will create a site-specific vinyl wall-installation in the gallery's foyer.

Best known for his vertiginous sculptures made from found and collaged wood furniture, Robinson's work explores issues of race, politics, and aesthetic formalism all through an incisive eye and with a keen sense of humor. In addition to his sculpture, Robinson works with photographs, video, and drawings to frame slippery tableaus that frankly investigate the construct of race and cultural vernacular while simultaneously rejecting any reductive interpretation. This conceptual rigor and intellectual stubbornness underscore a larger conversation about art and artifact — a central concern to the artist and one that frames his interest in the freighted psychology of history and the study of semiotics.

Robinson's practice weaves together strands of Dada and Minimalism with more conceptual and sociological themes of artists such as David Hammons and Bruce Nauman. His objects, especially the furniture sculptures, charge everyday domestic objects with a haunted aura of potentiality, as if they might represent an ancient ritual artifact or symbolic apparatus. This tension is accomplished through his spare and often raw use of materials, from oil to vinyl and weathered wood. As evidenced in Duchamp's Readymades and Rauschenberg's Combines, Robinson understands the power inherent in things and their potential to maintain not only memory but also cultural currency.

[Image: Marc André Robinson "Wingback Throne for the Next Right Excellent" (2009), Found wood furniture, 73 x 205 x 73 inches]



from September 17, 2009 to October 17, 2009

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