Colette Robbins


Posted on December 04, 2015



Labyrinth by Keri Oldham & The Devil Within and Without: curated work by Oldham and Colette Robbins 
Inspired by the 1980s cult classic, Keri Oldham creates a modern allegorical watercolor and mixed media series in which she investigates issues of identity, psychosis and story archetypes. The group exhibition curated by Oldham and Robbins explores the inner and outer demons that shape artistic practice. Artists in that exhibit include Lanie DeLay, Bruce Lee Webb, Erin Stafford and more. 



This week we visit Kirk Hopper Fine Art and talk about Keri Oldham’s exhibition, Labyrinth.

Labyrinth is primarily composed of fantastical watercolors of strong women and beasts. Sometimes they have their heads cut off. Also at KHFA is the show“The Devil Within and Without”, which was curated by Keri Oldham and Colette Robbins.



Which is what’s brought her back to Dallas for an opening night at the Kirk Hopper Fine Art Gallery. Her new show features her brightly-colored watercolors of maze-like grids and fantastical beasties, often beaten by warrior-princesses — hence, the exhibition’s title, ‘Labyrinth.’ But in what seems her typical, superhuman, workaholic fashion, Oldham co-curated asecond show at the gallery with Colette Robbins called ‘The Devil Within and Without,’ which includes both New York and Texas artists (including Shane McAdamsand Bruce Lee Webb),  on the things that bedevil them.


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Group Exhibition at Kirk Hopper in Dallas

Posted on September 30, 2015

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Work by Ken Tisa on the left and Colette Robbins on the right



Work by Shane McAdams, Bruce Lee Webb, Erin Stafford, and Colette Robbins


Solo Exhibition by Keri Oldham on the left work by Richard Hart and Shane McAdams on the right

The Devil Within and Without
Curated work by Keri Oldham and Colette Robbins
October 10-November 14, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artists will be in attendance

KHFA's upcoming group exhibition, The Devil Within and Without: Curated work by Keri Oldham and Colette Robbins, presents themes on the inner and outer demons that shape many artists' creative practices.

Drawing inspiration from folk and outsider art traditions as well as psychology and religion, this exhibition features work by both Texas and New York based artists. The Devil Within and Without includes work by Lanie DeLay, Bruce Lee Webb, Ashley Whitt, Erin Stafford, Colette Robbins, Shane McAdams, Ken Tisa and Richard Hart. Using sculpture, painting, drawing and photography, this group of artists lifts the wool from our eyes to show us the psychological underbelly of a variety of personal and cultural norms. These artists do not stop at the surface level, but delve into the dark side of their ideas, not to be masochistic but rather to gain new insights into the world, by exploring what is sticky, prickly, or uncouth.

Artist Biographies

Shane McAdams's (NYC) reliefs consist of stump-like cross sections of trees, ballpoint pen, Elmer's glue, and resin. The psychedelic motifs he paints inside of each tree sculpture suggests a new history or meaning to the patterns normally found in the cross section of a tree. Fetishized with bright swirling colors, each piece appears to be part of a ritualistic act.

The drawing "Failure I" by Lanie DeLay (Dallas) makes a darkly humorous and possibly familiar flow chart of failure. This drawing opens up the possibility of deconstructing failure as a negative thing. Instead, failure becomes a playful game showing that our cultural constructs of what is to be avoided sometimes needs to be examined.

Richard Hart's (NYC) installation Grace, a wall sculpture made out of hair, brings to mind an unknown religious ceremony or sacrificial rite. Hart challenges our perception of cultural specificity and weaves together many types of cultural stereotypes and relics in order to create new powerful meanings and hierarchies.

A self-proclaimed lover of "hobo lore and train-car graffiti," Bruce Lee Webb's (Waxahachie) portraits of devils have a loose vibrancy often found in folk and outsider art. His style of painting on vintage paper has a homespun quality, while his portraits of devils echo American religious fervor, superstition and fear surrounding ideas of the devil.

Colette Robbin's (NYC) graphite paintings on paper uses the format of a Rorschach ink blot test, which is an iconic image and method of study of psychology. Inside of the ink blots is a detailed textured landscape that shows the possible worlds a person might encounter while gazing into a Rorschach and their own perceptions.

Erin Stafford (Dallas) takes sentimental objects, like vintage china tea sets, cutlery and serving ware and re-contextualizes them by slowly adding mineral formations onto them. When completed, they are no longer the cultural symbols of southern propriety, but hyper renditions of their former forms. Each piece, like a talisman, speaks to our desire to possess, own and absorb the power of objects.

Ken Tisa's (NYC) gouache and watercolor paintings depict figures being wrapped in lasso-like abstract shapes. This obsessive layering of lines obscures the features and clarity of the human form. In doing so these paintings unveil a psychological drama that encompasses the person, reminding us that we are made as much of thoughts and emotions as we are flesh and blood.

Ashley Whitt's (Dallas) ghost-like black and white photographs reference the history of the American occult. Whitt's photographs spark a playful curiosity into the unknown, with in her seemingly sinister achromatic worlds.

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Shout out about Koi No Yokan II in Artinfo

Posted on July 23, 2014



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Kristen Scheile at 1717 Troutman #326

“What I love about Kristen Schiele’s work is her ability to pull off work that is playful yet contains a powerful subtext,” artist Colette Robbins told us via email. “She weaves seemingly vapid images of graffiti or a cat growling into intricately layered reliefs, paintings, wooden totems, and screen prints.” Look out for both Robbins and Scheile in a group show at LA’s 101/Exhibit this June.

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Koi No Yokan II is a featured show on Artsy

Posted on July 09, 2014


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Featured in Flaunt

Posted on July 09, 2014


01 JULY 2014


Koi No Yokan at 101/Exhibit

New York-based curator/artist, Colette Robbins recently joined forces with101/EXHIBIT gallery director, Kevin Van Gorp and manifested, Koi No Yokan. The exhibition explores the concept of love and how it affects others. As cliche as this may sound, these works of art are anything but. Giant white sculptures carved in the shape of man consuming identifiable objects and kaleidoscopic paintings are scattered throughout the unassuming space. Both Gorp and Robbins called on a few artists from New York City and Los Angeles to create new and revisit old works for their surreal themed exhibition. If you’re perusing Hollywood area between now and July 26th, be sure to drop in and take peek for yourself.

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Koi No Yokan Opens in LA June 7th

Posted on May 28, 2014






101/EXHIBIT presents Koi No Yokan II, a group exhibition co-curated by New York City curator and artist Colette Robbins and gallery director Kevin Van Gorp. This is the second annual installment of the Koi No Yokan summer invitational. The exhibition will be accompanied by a forthcoming full-color 46-page catalog. The opening reception with the artists will be held on Saturday, June 7th, from 7 – 10pm, and will conclude on July 26th. 101/EXHIBIT is located in Hollywood at 6205 Santa Monica Blvd on the corner of North El Centro Ave, one block east of Vine St.

 Koi No Yokan (Japanese) is a truly beautiful concept. It can be defined as the sense one can have upon first meeting another person that the two of them are going to fall in love. In other words, it is the knowledge one has that he/she is going to fall in love with another person. This differs from the idea of “love at first sight” in that it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, rather it refers to the knowledge that a future love is inevitable. -Nita Sharma. Untranslatable Words – Culture – High Tower Flashes, 2010, 2011. July 24, 2013. Web.

For the second iteration of the annual Koi No Yokan summer invitational, 101/EXHIBIT continues to explore new relationships with artists in flourishing states of practice, either emerging or mid-career. As is often the case, the gallery system involves being confronted with non-gallery artists whose work nonetheless commands strict attention, yet neither party can immediately expound upon the new relationship due to scheduling, program direction, and other gallery dynamics. Despite these speed bumps, time is kind and destinies are curved towards an intersection. This instance is explored in our annual survey.

Over this past year, through inter-gallery relationships, we were fortunate to meet Colette Robbins who came to us with the notion of exploring the usage of semiotics amongst practitioners of contemporary art. With the proliferation of Taschen’s The Book of Symbols seemingly popping up in personal book collections of friends and colleagues everywhere, this proposition proved to be a relevant direction of potential.

After a number of tentative and energetically charged conversations with Colette, research into Carl Gustav Jung’s work, and the Archive for Research in Archetypical Symbolism who authored Taschen’s mystic encyclopedia, we developed a cause + effect scenario that would inspire the participants to delve into a mode of self exploration to investigate the existence of any recurring motifs in their work.

Five artists were ultimately chosen to realize these four points:

1. Provide past works that are evidence of past usage of a particular recurring symbol.

2. Explore and include personal objects that support the preoccupation with said symbol.

3. Write a short essay of 200 words to literally or poetically contextualize one’s findings.4. Create new works that strategically refine and     further realize the chosen symbol.

The artists selected for participation are: Tanya Batura (LA), Michelle Hinebrook (NYC), Rachel Roske (LA), Kristen Schiele (NYC), and Colette Robbins (NYC).

Each artist will occupy their own section of the gallery in order for the viewer, being cognizant of the call at hand, to compare and contrast the artists’ responses. As five different answers to the same criteria are presented, the casual show attendee and the aficionados of theoretical underpinnings alike will share in the opportunity to gain greater insight into various forms of contemporary artistic process.

TANYA BATURA – THE HEAD, THE EYE, THE GHOST: Los Angeles sculptor Tanya Batura creates work that has a tendency for the absurd, incongruous and dispossessed. The scale of her disembodied heads suggests a challenge to their materiality, transforming the parameters of ceramics from the familiar towards a commanding sculptural form. The dialogue between the geometric and biological gestures in these forms turns the idea of sculptural figuration on its ear, creating a delicate balance between the sensual and the monumental. The anonymity of the non-gaze these figures possess engages the viewer in a meditation on the creator and the created.

MICHELLE HINEBROOK – COLOR: New York painter Michelle Hinebrook works within the parameters of geometric abstraction, bearing fruits of such varied experiences as memory, sensation, revelation, and material experimentation. The information encoded in her work is veiled by a fragmented construction of explosive light, color, and space. The work recalls a thorough exploration of faceting patterns and crystallography, which acts as the platform for an emotionally kaleidoscopic experience. Additionally, the physicality of these paintings encompasses a keen interest in new imaging technologies, which reveals a dialogue between virtual and physical mediums.

COLETTE ROBBINS – THE RORSCHACH: New York artist and Koi No Yokan co-curator Colette Robbins makes work that explores the psychological end of her previous series, Archaeological Fiction, by using Rorschach imagery as the motif for her landscapes. This foundation abstracts the landscape to a large degree, while still retaining the meticulous texture and feel of its subject. This work also addresses a phenomena author Michael Shermer refers to as “patternicity”. In his words, patternicity is “the tendency to infuse patterns with meaning, intention, and agency”, which Shermer calls “agenticity”. To that end, Robbin’s work commands the viewer to consider the positively transformative aspects of our brains that ignites our curiosity and imagination.

RACHEL ROSKE – THE SHADOW AND THE SUN: The works of Los Angeles painter Rachel Roske operate grossly on two specific levels. Formally, they are singular objects that express their own internal logic through fixed scale, light, and surface quality. As paintings, they bear the burden of historical art’s rarified status in culture. They possess, however, a dark unconscious psychology that contradicts this historical form of painting, creating a schism between expectation and perception. In essence, these paintings describe an intangible moment in time that is loaded with existential heft.

KRISTEN SCHIELE: THE TIGER, THE HAND, WATER: New York artist Kristen Schiele works in both painting and sculpture. Her narratives are informed by a variety of influences including set design, film, mythology, kitsch aesthetics and folklore. In her current work, her playful application of these influences elevates the notion of childhood discovery from the personal to the theatrical.


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Recent Curatorial Project at Cindy Rucker Gallery

Posted on May 28, 2014
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Upcoming Summer Exhibiton

Posted on February 09, 2014









JUNE 7 - JULY 26 2014
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Write up about Desaturated Rainbow

Posted on April 17, 2013




by:  Rebekah Rhoden

Expertly curated by Amir H. Fallah and Colette Robbins, Desaturated Rainbow is a travelling show of work from New York and Los Angeles artists. The show revolves around context, stereotypes and originality of how artists use color on both ends of the country. Desaturated Rainbow will run from April 11th to May 18th at Field Projects in NYC. You can see work from LA-based artists Alison Blickle, Wendell Galdstone, Sherin Guirguis, Amir H. Fallah, Dani Tull, Feodor Voronov, in addition to NYC-based artists Justin Amrhein, Micah Ganske, Norm Paris, Colette Robbins, Michael Schall, and Heeseop Yoon.


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