Guttenberg Arts Gallery presents “Space in Time: Winter 2022” a group exhibition of our Winter Artists in Residence; Andrew Robinson and Karen Leo.
On view from April 2 — May 1 at the Guttenberg Arts Gallery with an opening reception on Saturday April 2, 7 – 9 p.m. Guttenberg Arts Gallery is open by appointment only Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and anytime, virtually on our website. Patrons can schedule their visit or view the virtual gallery by going to www.guttenbergarts.org/exhibitions.
Residents Andrew Robinson and Karen Leo chose the Wunderkammer as a point of reference in assembling new work for this exhibition. The artists approach the Wunderkammer as a collection of artifacts shaped by personal connections, fixations and misrepresentations. Traditionally an amalgamation of the natural and the man-made, Curiosity Cabinets inhabit a space where fact and fiction are hard to separate. Robinson and Leo look at the role of accumulated objects in our own stories and memories.
During her time at Guttenberg Arts, Karen Leo experimented with ceramics and screen printing, a departure from making short films featuring animation and handmade puppets. She made small sculptures with the idea of a collection in mind. The objects and figurines recall characters used in previous video work and are staged on slightly anthropomorphic tables.
Many of the players have altered doppelgängers or share traits with other items on display. The non-linear narrative between them is inspired by old cigarette advertising, Precious Moments, hand sanitizer and melancholic pop songs.
New York-based artist Andrew Cornell Robinson (b. 1968, Camden, NJ) has methodically drawn, modeled, carved, cast, printed, and created a layered network of queer and peculiar artifacts and images exploring history, memory, erasure, brokenness, and repair. Robinson’s work during the residency reflects on these themes through a series of layered prints, and ceramic forms that introduce an ad-hoc kintsugi (the Japanese art of repair with gold and lacquer) with the use of DIY materials (duct-tape, epoxy, plastic, spit, gold, glitter, and glue), combining collage and drawing onto a painterly and fragmentary surface.
By interrogating traditional methods of making, Robinson made room for a new vocabulary embedding his personal and queer histories through camp and kitsch.
Robinson’s residency led him to explore new work at the intersection of printmaking and ceramics. His work comprises layered and obfuscated imagery, and re-imagined everyday objects. He uses hand built and wheel formed porcelain that is then cut, carved, and covered with custom silkscreened decals. The glazed and fired works are in some cases broken, or cracked, and an adhoc repair of these objects result in renewed artifacts and enigmatic narratives. The decal and surface imagery pollute the form, and is eerily detached from the objects, like the asynchronous imposition of graffiti over an edifice. These ceramic forms are presented along with a series of painterly prints built up with layered images abstracted figures and obscured portraits.
Guttenberg Arts programming is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of the Department of State, and administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, Hudson County Executive & the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.