"CONFIDENCE TAKES PRACTICE, BUT YOU NEED IT IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND THRIVE."
Psychology has been a major theme throughout the career of New York artist Colette Robbins. “Understanding how our brains function, why we react to certain stimuli the way we do, and especially how we are always trying to make meaning out of abstract things is my passion,” she says. “As humans, we’re always seeking to understand, because we’re meaning-making machines,” she says. Art, she believes, is just another way to find meaning in our lives. “Ultimately, art is a manifestation of a person’s extreme curiosity about the world outside of them and trying to put that into something solid,” she explains.
Colette’s own curiosity was born in fifth grade, when she started experimenting with oil painting. During high school, she toted her portfolio to her local college, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and told them she wanted to take college classes. “If you have drive, you can be creative,” she says. “And then you should practice creativity, because really, creativity is a type of problem solving.” After high school, she attended art school, and earned her undergrad degree at the Maryland Institute of Art and her graduate degree at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Higher education didn’t teach Colette how to be creative. She wholeheartedly believes it’s not something that has to be taught. But, higher education did expose her to a community of like-minded people, and she urges all people with a creative dream to find their community. “Finding the right people around you to give you really honest feedback, the kind that’s going to strengthen your vision, is so important.” If curiosity and community are the cornerstones of her creative practice, the third point of the triangle is confidence. “It’s extremely important to just trust that you are worth being out there, while still respecting your inner critic. There should be a nice balance of trust and pushing, and trust and pushing, and those are the things in life that take practice. Confidence takes practice, but you need it if you want to be successful and thrive.”
All Photos by Distinct https://www.distinctdaily.com/features/60655e5c-6772-4b4c-8e1e-88bbcfc329e4/
Presented by Some.Time. Salon
Colette Robbins, Rorschach Totem: Apophenia, Graphite on Papier-Mache on Polymer, 15.5 x 7 x 5.3”, 2015
Inspired by Rorschach dripping ink blot, artist Colette Robbins brings dimensions to life in totem sculptures. In a rigorous technique uploading ink blots into CAD renderings and finishing the sculptures with papier-mache, the artist explores phenomenon wherein one interprets meaning from meaningless patterns.
SOME.TIME.SALON will be presenting at Art on Paper Miami [Booth J5] with works by Kari Cholnoky, August Oz, Colette Robbins, Lauren Toomer, The Second Impression, and Jake Ziemann.
SOME.TIME.SALON's booth features a playful conversation exploring the limits of 2D through color, line, and form between collages by Jake Ziemann, drawings by Kari Cholnoky, and painterly drawings by August Oz. The artists create whimsy in self-referential abstractions by utilizing quotidian materials and repetitive gestures. The sculptures on view - ceramics by Jake Ziemann and a hybrid of 3D printed plastic and paper by Colette Robbins - are both of the artists attempts to give physical form to the languages developed in their works on paper.
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Tuesday December 1, 2015
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 — 11:00am to 7:00pm
SOME.TIME.SALON‘s booth features a playful conversation exploring the limits of 2D through color, line, and form between collages by Jake Ziemann, drawings by Kari Cholnoky, and painterly drawings by August Oz. The artists create whimsy in self-referential abstractions by utilizing quotidian materials and repetitive gestures. The sculptures on view – ceramics by Jake Ziemann and a hybrid of 3D printed plastic and paper by Colette Robbins – are both of the artists attempts to give physical form to the languages developed in their works on paper.
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.
September 19 - October 25, 2014
507 Calles Street, Suite 108, Austin, TX 78202 Get directions
Now that we’re all “wet robots” and “biological algorithms,” do you want to be a dead body or an exquisite corpse, this show asks? A big group, including Dan Attoe, Jay Davis, Bill Donovan, Austin Eddy, Amir H. Fallah, Chie Fueki, Joshua Hagler, Adam D. Miller, Kymia Nawabi, Christopher Pate, Max Presniell, Colette Robbins, Maja Ruznic, Tom Sanford, Alfred Steiner, Michael Shaw, and Dani Tull.
MASS Gallery in Austin, Texas recently opened its newest exhibition, Exquisite Corpse. The group curated by Beautiful/Deay’s founder Amir H. Fallah features a myriad of artists, with many that we’ve featured in Beautiful/Decay publications and on our site: Dan Attoe, Jay Davis, Bill Donovan, Austin Eddy, Amir H. Fallah, Chie Fueki, Joshua Hagler,Adam D. Miller, Kymia Nawabi, Christopher Pate, Max Presniell, Colette Robbins, Maja Ruznic, Tom Sanford, Alfred Steiner, Michael Shaw, and Dani Tull. In their own way, each artist explores the body and what it means to be human in the modern world.
Exquisite Corpse refers to the collaborative game whose origins are rooted among the Dadist writers as a poetic exercise and the Surrealist later turned into a drawing game. You might’ve played it before; when each person does their part well, it creates an alluring, sometimes grotesque body that was completely unexpected.
This exhibition brings together artists working in both Los Angeles and NYC. As MASS Gallery poetically describes:
A central problem of 21st century life is that the old, psychologically fortifying myths are fading. Philosophers and scientists have described us as wet robots and biological algorithms, which is perhaps an intentionally shocking way to describe humanity, but these descriptions also seems to get close to a dangerous truth that contains a kernel of abject horror. It is the artist’s job to create psychologically coherent images which look forward. It is now a matter of viewpoint whether, when it is all said and done, you are a dead body or an Exquisite Corpse.
In addition to the show, the gallery also produced a full-color catalog that showcases all of the work and an essay by Bill Donovan. The limited-edition, 102 page publication features a beautiful spot UV with fluorescent cover. If you can’t make it to Austin for the show (it’s up until October 25), then the inexpensive-yet-high-quality catalog is totally worth it.
More work by the featured artists as well as sample spreads from the publication after the jump.
We recently went inside Christian Berman’s studio at The Active Space to explore his material selections and sculptural works on cultural symbolism. Now he’s putting on his second show at Katrina Van Tassel Projects in the Lower East Side. Inspired by the romantic landscape of German artist Caspar David Friedrich’s painting, Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog (1818), Christian is curating a selection of artists whose works tend to their connections with the natural world.
From precarious desires depicted through picturesque landscapes in Sophia Narrett’s thread and fabric works to overwhelming love for person/place/thing in Giordanne Salley’s paintings, powerful relations to nature break through. While you’ll see a bit of magic in these pieces, there might also be a presence of depersonalized landscapes in the works of Andrew Woolbright and ink blots of abstracted landscapes in Colette Robbins’ Rorschach project.
“Wanderers above a sea of smog” opens on Saturday, August 9th and runs through September 1st at Katrina Van Tassel Projects.
Art News & Gossip
“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.
01 JULY 2014
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.
Comparisons between the L.A. and New York art worlds are persistent and perhaps inevitable. The idea for decades has been that back East, everyone wears black and paints in black because it's all very serious and European and because, you know, gravitas, while out here in L.A. it's all easy and breezy and full of light and riots of color, from tie-dyed jams to tropical flora. This is a seductive trope in part because it's kind of true -- or at least it was. These days everyone is from everywhere and geography is no longer destiny, making this the perfect time to re-examine the issue at Kopeikin Gallery. Curators Amir H. Fallah (an L.A. artist) and Colette Robbins (a NYC artist) have picked their teams and will be making their respective cases. One of the most promising of this summer's big group shows, "Desaturated Rainbow" features six artists (including the curators) representing their coasts, with L.A.'s team bringing all the intense color they can find and NYC working those shades of gray like there's no tomorrow. Nevertheless, other factors such as generation, pluralistic personal and popular culture, and a shared taste for hyper-detail and post-punk surrealism intervene to broker an accord before things get out of hand.Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; Sat., July 20, 6-8 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7; free. (310) 559-0800, kopeikingallery.com.-- Shana Nys Dambrot
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.
Steal This Artwork: Adam Parker Smith Filches a Show
by brian boucher 03/13/13
A large group show opening this month poses cheeky questions about theft of ideas and artworks: artist-curator Adam Parker Smith stole all the objects to be included, from paintings to an artist's mouth guard, during studio visits.
"Thanks" will be at New York's Lu Magnus Gallery (Mar. 29-Apr. 26). Among the artists invited to participate (they can still decline) are Scott Teplin, A.i.A. contributor Dennis Kardon, Emily Noelle Lambert and Rico Gatson.
Smith sent e-mails (forwarded to A.i.A. by one of the artists) last night and today to the more than 70 New York "invitees." It reads, in part, "'Thanks' will be a large group show comprised entirely of stolen works of art or objects relating to the artists' practice."
After assuring the recipients that the work is safe and will be returned on demand, Smith writes that part of his goal was to call attention to the ways artists "share, appropriate and occasionally steal ideas and materials."
Three artists who spoke to A.i.A. by phone today took a friendly attitude toward Smith's practical joke.
"At first I felt violated," says Colette Robins, who had a drawing swiped. "But it's like he was acting out his coveting of the work."
"It goes to how much we trust our artist friends," she added. "I didn't even notice he was carrying a portfolio and a large bag. I'm kind of fascinated by it, to be honest."
Teplin, too, confessed to initial shock.
"I had to re-read the e-mail a couple of times," he said. "But if anybody I know could pull off something like that, it's him."
Alfred Steiner is an artist and a lawyer. Smith lifted a ring that Steiner created as an artwork. It resembles a piece of candy-a ring pop-but, Steiner said, is made from enameled silver and cut glass.
"Fortunately for Adam, when I found out what was going on I was surprised but not upset," he said. "He and I have spoken about theft of concepts."
While not a criminal lawyer--Steiner works in intellectual property law--he commented informally on legal implications.
"I'm not sure what criminal charge would apply," Steiner said. "My guess is you would have to establish he intended
See this exhibiton 'Thanks' opening at Lu Magnus on March 29th, 2013
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Studio Photoshoot and interview below with Isobel Schofield of Bryr
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