Colette Robbins

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Photograph by Jessie Bruah

CONTACT  

Instagram: @coletterobbins                      

Email: colettemrobbins@gmail.com

BIO

Colette Robbins received her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of the Arts (MICA) and her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design. She has held residencies at Austevollportalen (Marstein Island, Norway), Cill Rialaig Project (Ireland), and The Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been shown at 101/Exhibit (Los Angeles), P.P.O.W. Gallery (New York City), Deitch Projects (New York City), The Hole Gallery (New York City), Koki Fine Arts (Tokyo), and Workshop Gallery (Venice, Italy), among others. Robbins' work has been reviewed in The New Yorker Magazine, Artillery Magazine, LA Weekly, and Beautiful Decay, amongst others. She lives and works in New York City.

STATEMENT 

The human brain has remained anatomically unchanged for the last 40,000 years. This is not to say that humanity has remained stagnant in its neural evolution, but rather that our neural plasticity allowed for things like language and art to develop by utilizing areas of the brain that evolved for pattern and color recognition.  These abilities were key to our early survival as we were able to quickly categorize visual stimuli as a threat or a resource. My work engages this instinct to detect patterns by using symmetrical forms that activate the fusiform gyrus, the part of the brain that recognizes faces and animal forms. The symmetrical forms are derived from inkblots and are stacked into totemic sculptures modeled to look like ancient stone artifacts.  My pseudo-relics imply a collective past while encouraging the creation of meaning by the viewer. These meanings, drawn from our brain’s impulse to recognize patterns, reveals the process by which beliefs are formed. The work questions how our beliefs shape our perceptions and prompt our behaviors. To further engage viewers’ imagination, I incorporate sculptural elements from our common history by gathering open-source 3D scans of prehistoric art, fossils, classical busts, and geological textures. Using 3D-modeling software, I digitally disassemble and intuitively recombine and sculpt these found elements into the totems, using the found textures to bring them together into a cohesive whole. This digital free-form process uses manual techniques like sketching and sculpting with clay, making the file appear tactile and organic. I produce 3D-printed parts from these digital files and further manipulate them through melting and sanding. By fusing iconic figurations and relics, I make a collective past malleable through digital technologies.

EDUCATION

2007 MFA Parsons the New School for Design, NY, NY
2003 BFA Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017 Colette Robbins & Justin Amrhein, Remainders, Transmitter gallery NY, NY
        Colette Robbins & Dana Haral, Reliquary SOME.TIME.SALON, San Francisco, CA
2016 Colette Robbins: Archaeological Fiction , 101/EXHIBIT LA, CA
2015 Colette Robbins , SOME.TIME.SALON, San Francisco, CA
2013 Colette Robbins & Keri Oldham , Field Projects Gallery, NY, NY
        Colette Robbins & Seth Cohen: Relic , curated by Ginger Schulnik Porcella,
         ISE Cultural Foundation, NY, NY
2009 Colette Robbins and Dean Goelz, 92Y Tribeca, NY, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Primal Machines, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY
        Between the Walls, Curated by Michelle Tillou & Keri Oldham, Tillou Fine Art, NY
        Masks, Totems, and Talismans, curated by Janet Hicks One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY
2017 Dead Drop, Honey Ramka, NY, NY
        NO LEMON NO MELON, curated by Rebecca Reeve, FLOWERS Gallery, NY, NY
        Past Continuous, curated by Norm Paris and Jackie Hoving, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, NY
2014 Art On Paper with SOME.TIME.SALON, Miami, FL
        The Devil Within and The Devil Without, curated by Keri Oldham, Kirk Hopper, Dallas, TX
        NEW/IDOLS, curated by Samantha Frianco and Cassandra Johnson, Studio 301, Bushwick, NY
        For the Time Being, curated by Dexter Wimberly, Koki Arts, Tokyo, Japan
        Exquisite Corpse, curated by Amir H. Fallah Mass Gallery, Austin, TX
        Wanderers Above a Sea, Katrina Van Tassel Projects curated by Christian Ruiz Berman, NY, NY
2013 Koi No Yokan II, 101/EXHIBIT, Los Angeles, CA
        The Human Extension, The Lodge Gallery, NY, NY
        Location, Location, Location curated by Sun You, Brooklyn, NY, NY
        Strange Landscapes, One Mile Gallery, NY, NY
        Desaturated Rainbow, Kopeikin Gallery Los Angeles, CA
        Dead in August on the Lilac, curated by Meaghan Kent, Site 95, NYC
        Desaturated Rainbow, Field Projects Gallery, NY, NY
        Thanks, curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus Gallery, NYC
2012 MICA Pairs, 92Y Tribeca, NY, NY
        Fools Gold, RH Gallery, NY, NY
        EarthWorks: Ten Artists on Land and Industry, curated by Stuart Morrison
        and Anneliis Beadnell P.P.O.W. Gallery, NY, NY
        Portrait of a Generation, organized by Kathy Grayson, The Hole, NY, NY
        Relocated with Kayrock Studios, Picture Farm, NY, NY
        Fine Line, Curated by Leslie Rosa, Workshop Gallery, Venice Italy
2011 Collapse curated by Micah Ganske & Colette Robbins, RH Gallery, NY, NY
        The Living Room, curated by Keri Oldham & Colette Robbins Field Projects, NY, NY
        Liminal Steps, Curated by Emet Sosna, Finance Fund, NY, NY
        What Works, curated by Chrissy Crawford, Art Star, NY, NY
        Hybrid Life Forms, curated by Jiyoun Lee Lodge, Brooklyn, NY, NY
        Try 2, Organized by Jacob Rhodes Jen Beckman Gallery,
        A Desert in the Ocean, curated by Catherine Howe, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY, NY
        Fesad, Curated by Michael Meadors, Kleio Projects NY, NY
        Single Fare, organized by JP Roy and Michael Kagen, Sloan Fine Art, NY, NY
        Discrete Power, Judson Memorial Church, NY, NY
2010 Parlour # 19, Curated by Leslie Rosa and Ciara Gilmartin, Sienna, Italy
        Fools Gold Farm, RH Gallery, NY, NY
        Parlour # 18, NYC Parlour at The Guild, NY, NY
        Fragments, Curated by Meenakshi Thirukode, Parlour #17, NY, NY
        Nice to Meet You, curated by Alix Sloan, Sloan Fine Art, NY, NY
        Parlour # 13, Two’s Company NY, NY
2009 Inferno, Curated by Leslie Rosa, Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico
        Forever Summer, Curated by Scott Malbaurn, Platform Space, NY, NY
        First Friday, Like the Spice, Brooklyn, NY, NY
        Parlour#6 Watery Grave, NY, NY
2008 Conceptual Figures, curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Kurt Kauper, Deitch Projects, NY, NY
        Some Friends of Mine, curated by Melanie Jelacic, Fort Gondo, St. Louis, MO
2008-05- Oranges on Toothpicks, The Bobble Head Collective, The Art Parade Deitch Projects, NY, NY
2007 MFA Thesis Show, Organized by Brian Sholis, Parsons NY, NY
        Slow Dance, Heidi Cho Gallery, NY, NY
2006 Triple Exposure, Platform Gallery, Manitoba, Canada
        Drawing Show, Curated by Thomas Butter, MFA Gallery Space, NY, NY
2004 Buff Show, Buff Space, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, NY
2002 CAC curated by Ken Tisa, Center For Art and Culture, Maryland Institute College of Art,
        Aix En Provence, France
        Hot Picks, Curated by Colette Robbins Bank Building Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2001 Group Show, H.Lewis Gallery, Baltimore MD

PUBLICATIONS

2016 Exhibition Catalogue for Colette Robbins: Archaeological Fiction
        Essay by Anna Nearburg with 101/EXHIBIT
2015 Colette Robbins, A Film Alex Amoling and Distinct. Vimeo Staff Pick
        https://vimeo.com/160397656 May 2015
2014 Exquisite Corpse, MASS Gallery
2014 Koi No Yokan II, 101/EXHIBIT
2012 Site 95 Journal 02-05 2012 The Hole: Portrait of A Generation
        Beautiful Decay Book 8
Site 95 Journal Vol. 01 Issue No. 11

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Wolf, Jennifer, No Lemon No Melon at Flowers Gallery, Art Fuse, 8/2017
Heinrich, Will, J Justin Amrhein, and Colette Robbins, The New Yorker Magazine, 03/2017
Kahn, Anastasia, C Colette Robbins at 101/EXHIBIT, Artillery Magazine, 10/2016
Colette Robbins Archaeological Fiction, Wall Street International 10/ 2016
Smart, Lauren, 5 Exhibitions to See This Weekend, Dallas Observer, 10/07/2015
A Future Love is Inescapable, Koi No Yokan at 101/Exhibit, Flaunt Magazine, 07/01/2014
Hagenes Trond, Kunst Pa Fryholmen, Marsteinen, 08/22/2013
Hagenes Trond, Kunst fra knausane, Marsteinen, 08/29/2013
Rhoden, Rebekah, Desaturated Rainbow Lost At E Minor 4/17/2013
Nys Dambrot, Shana, Beatniks vs. Surfers, LA Weekly, 07/19/2013
Rosenberg, Jasmin, Desaturated Rainbow, LA Confidential, 07/22/2013
Kakar, Pooja, Interview with Colette Robbins, Site 95 Journal, 02-05, 07/11/2013
Ryzik, Melena, Sticky Fingers Make the Show, Benjamin Lowy, The New York Times, 03/28/2013
Boucher, Brian, Steal This Artwork: Adam Parker Smith Filches a Show, Art In America, 03/13/2013
Fallah, Amir, C Colette Robbins Landscape Paintings, Beautiful Decay, 03/20/2013
Haddi, Gil, Liquid Graphite Paintings by Artist Colette Robbins, Trend Hunter, 03/21/2013
Colette Robbins, Site 95, 10/15/2012
Beadnell, Annelies, Before and After Littlewood asks Robbins pt 2., Artist For Artist, 11/01/2012
Schofield, Isobel, C Colette Robbins - Painterly Muse, Bryr Muse, 10/22/ 2012
Hough, Kathryn,  Michelangelo Meets MakerBot At Metropolitan Museum Hackathon, Techli, 06/21/2012
Pelkey, Andrew, Art Reimagined, Makerbot Industries, 06/01/2012
Rhoni Blankenhorn, Interview with Colette Robbins, Welcome to the Company, 01/25/2011
Jaime Martinez, What Works an Art Star Pop-Up Exhibition, Arte Fuse, 07/15/2011
Johnston, Grace About Town, Artstar, 06/30/2011
Finch, Charlie Save the Galleries! Artnet, 07/14/2011
AWARDS, SYMPOSIUMS, RESIDENCIES
2018 Parsons School of Design Alumni Representative
2013 Austevollportalen, Marstein Island, Norway
2012 Makerbot Hackathon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
2012- 2014 Maryland Institute Alumni Representative
2010 Cill Rialaig Project, Ireland
2008 The Vermont Studio Center
2002 Ken Tisa’s Center For Art and Culture, Aix En Provence, MICA

AFFILIATIONS


2018 Parsons Alumni Committee
2017- Present Member of the Lady Tech Guild, NYC
2013- 2016 Maryland Institute College of Art Alumni Council
2007- 2010 The Bubble Collective, A feminist artist collective
2004- 2007 The Bobble Head Collective, with Deitch Projects Art Parade

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


2019-Present: Adjunct Faculty, Pratt Institute, Department of Digital Arts
         Classes Taught: Graduate Level 3D Modeling
2018-Present: Adjunct Faculty, The New York Academy of Art
         Classes Taught:
         Graduate Level 3D Modeling and Digital Imaging for Painters and Sculptors
2015-2018: Adjunct Instructor, Hofstra University
        Classes Taught:
        Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Drawing 3, Life Drawing
        Painting 1, 2, 3, and 4
        Professional Practice independent study
        Digital Imaging for painting, independent study
        Graduate Level Drawing and Painting
2014-2015: Adjunct Instructor, Lesley University
        Classes Taught:
        Graduate-level studio practice and professional development
2014- Present: Adjunct Instructor, Community College of Vermont
        Classes Taught:
        Drawing 1 Online Division
2010-2017: Adjunct Instructor, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division
        Classes Taught:
        Drawing 1 & Design Fundamentals
        Color Theory
        Linear Perspective
2007-2010: Adjunct Instructor, Parsons The New School for Design
        Classes Taught:
        Drawing 1 and Painting 1

VISITING ARTIST/LECTURER

2018 & 2019 New York Academy of Art Guest Critic
2017 Hofstra University Visiting Artist Lecture moderator
2014 Maryland Institute College of Art Visiting Artist
ISE Cultural Foundation Painting, NYC
2013 Queens College Visiting Artist
2012 Networking in the Art World, Skillshare NYC
2011 Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
        Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC
        Fordham University, NYC
2010 Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2009 Artist Lecture 92Y Tribeca, NYC

CURATORIAL

2018 Primal Machines, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries,
        Parsons School of Design, NY, NY
2015 The Devil Within and The Devil Without, co-curated with Keri Oldham
        Kirk Hopper, Dallas, TX
2014 Koi No Yokan II, 101 Exhibit, LA, CA
2014 10, 10 curators/10 artists, Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY, NY
2013 Desaturated Rainbow, co-curated with Amir H. Fallah Field Projects, NY, NY
And Paul Kopeikin Gallery, LA, CA
2011 Collapse, co-curated with Micah Ganske, RH Gallery, NY, NY
        The Living Room, co-curated with Keri Oldham Field Projects, NY, NY