From #Ferguson: New Works by Bryce Olen Robinson
September 3 – 27, 2015
Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Thursday September 3, 2015.
Artist Talk: Stackel Room (across from the Hartnett Gallery), Wilson Commons, University of Rochester,4:30 p.m., followed by a discussion moderated by Jessica Guzmán-Rea, Directo
Reception: Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester (following Artist Talk)
Bryce Olen Robinson grew up in the community of Ferguson, Missouri, now infamous for its structural segregation and civil protests. In this exhibition, Robinson investigates the tension between Ferguson as place and Ferguson as a cultural construct. These new works are the residue of his personal struggle to understand and redress his own point of origin. The pieces shown will represent a wide range of material approaches, including, but not limited to, sculpture, drawing, video, and performance artifacts. Robinson says: “Through art and life, I continue to bear witness to the effects of racism and structural isolation. As an artist I am committed to both making things and making things happen. Today I am interested in the histories that have defined the nature of my community…Through sculpture and public practice I engage with networks beyond the studio, developing projects that expand the collaborative agency of artists and communities. I am tracing the injustice of structural segregation and it’s lasting effect on my hometown.”