Guttenberg Arts Gallery presents “Space in Time: Winter 2022”
The Guttenberg Arts Gallery presents “Space in Time: Winter 2022”, a collective exhibition of our artists in winter residence; Andrew Robinson and Karen Leo.
On view April 2-May 1 at the Guttenberg Arts Gallery with an opening reception Saturday, April 2, 7-9 p.m. The Guttenberg Arts Gallery is open by appointment only Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and anytime virtually on our website. . Customers 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 to assemble new works for this exhibition. Artists approach the Wunderkammer as a collection of artifacts shaped by personal connections, fixations and misrepresentations. Traditionally an amalgamation of the natural and the artificial, cabinets of curiosities inhabit a space where fact and fiction are difficult to separate. Robinson and Leo examine the role of accumulated objects in our own stories and memories.
While at Guttenberg Arts, Karen Leo experimented with ceramics and screen printing, deviating from making animated shorts and handmade puppets. She makes small sculptures with the idea of a collection in mind. The objects and figurines are reminiscent of characters used in previous video works and are staged on slightly anthropomorphic tables.
Many players have modified doppelgangers or share traits with other exhibits. The nonlinear narrative between them draws inspiration from old cigarette commercials, Precious Moments, hand sanitizer, and soulful pop songs.
New York artist Andrew Cornell Robinson (b. 1968, Camden, NJ) has methodically drawn, modeled, sculpted, cast, printed, and created a layered web of strange and peculiar artifacts and images exploring history, memory, erasing, breaking, and repairing. Robinson’s work during residency reflects on these themes through a series of layered prints and ceramic forms that introduce an ad hoc kintsugi (the Japanese art of mending with gold and lacquer) with the use of do-it-yourself materials (duct-tape, epoxy, plastic, spit, gold, glitter and glue), combining collage and drawing on a pictorial and fragmentary surface.
By interrogating traditional methods of making, Robinson made way for a new vocabulary integrating her personal and queer stories through camp and kitsch.
Robinson’s residency led him to explore new work at the intersection of printmaking and ceramics. His work includes layered and obscured images, and reimagined everyday objects. He uses hand-crafted, lathe-formed porcelain that is then cut, sculpted, and covered with custom screen-printed decals. Glazed and fired works are in some cases broken or cracked, and ad hoc repair of these objects results in renewed artifacts and enigmatic narratives. Decalcomania and surface imagery pollute form and stand out strangely from objects, like the asynchronous imposition of graffiti on a building. These ceramic forms are presented with a series of pictorial impressions consisting of superimposed images, abstract figures and obscured portraits.
Guttenberg’s 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 Council of Chosen Freeholders.