Robin Glassman – Life Lines
June 2, 2017
Ivy Brown Gallery
Tuesday, June 6th through Tuesday, June 27th 2017
Opening Reception Tuesday, June 6th, 6pm-8pm
Ivy Brown Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Robin Glassman. Inspired and influenced by her illness, travels, and an obsession with collecting. Her playful and, sometimes, spiritual art pieces evolve organically through spontaneous mark making and meditation. Glassman’s works are layered and tactile, eclectic and exploratory, metaphoric and poetic. By combining biomorphic shapes with intricate details, she plays with the blurry lines that divide the natural world from the more abstract and surreal one.
“My recent body of work is directly connected to cardiopulmonary issues, based on my own extensive hospitalization, and its aftermath. As resource material for this series, I studied images and diagrams of upper body physiology. By exploring how our organs and skeletal system coexist in the same space, I developed a better understanding of the delicate balance necessary for wellness. Some of the pieces were made while in the hospital. I experienced the pain in bright primary colors. Striking the page with the brush, jabbing into it and scratching out helped ease my discomfort. Sometimes I was so tired my hand just wandered across the page.
In this group of drawing, paintings, and installations, I’ve used paper tape, plastic oxygen tubing, PET scans and cardiopulmonary images, pills, get well cards and gifts, wires, polyester tulle, beads, collected materials, and assorted medical paraphernalia, along with traditional non toxic art supplies. Living life as a work in process, my art practice has grown and changed, expanded and contracted depending on my physical, emotional and spiritual health. I let the work speak for itself knowing that the story it tells is far superior.”
About Robin Glassman: Living in Windsor Terrace for over 25 years, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been a source of inspiration. “Walking in nature helps me to think clearly, solve problems and meditate – all essential for well being. Further to that end, we have a country house in upstate New York. For the past 11 years spending time with the waterfall that lives on our property has influenced my relationship to flowing water. I also now have access to magical woods without leaving home. I am also influenced by the climates and cultures from traveling experiences.” Kinetic…musical…whimsical… Glassman works with guitar strings, scavenged tree parts, dental floss, sea grape leaves and many found materials to create mobiles, sculptures and installations. “Using tropical, rural and urban findings, my creations are about being present and then carrying the souvenirs back home.” Glassman’s collages, drawings, paintings, assemblages, and installations have been exhibited in galleries, cafes, parks, and concert halls throughout NYC and Ulster County, New York. She lives with her husband, John and dog, Blanca.
Find more about Robin Glassman here.