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Aurora Robson
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: ARTIST STATEMENTS: 2010 Everything matters, that is why it is called “matter”. I believe we are all collaborating in forming our reality. Our thoughts, beliefs and actions form this shared experience of life. Values gradually change over time. Valuable art reflects genuine values. People in society who engage in the conscious exploration, documentation and collection of works of art are collaborating in the creation of a poetic historiography of humanity. My aim by engaging in artistic discourse is to obtain a clearer understanding of what it means to be a human being living on this planet at this point in time an how my thoughts, words and actions can positively affect my surroundings. My work is a reflection of my values. I value nature above all else because it is the source from which we have all arrived here. The most interesting aspect of nature to me is light. Implementing the physical properties of light, life (at its source, i.e. reproduction), and harmony are my main formal tools for transforming things that are essentially negative (nightmares and waste) into things that are essentially positive. The relationship between dark and light and how to increase light , visibility and life force, this is the main thrust of my artistic practice. 2009 I am in love with organic forms and obsessed with the malleability of matter. The forms in my work are derivative of nightmares I had when I was a child. I practice using things that people tend to detest (junk mail, litter, waste, nightmares) and transforming them into things that people love. To me, making art is a meditative practice in alchemy, enantiodromia, positive spin, acceptance, balance, or a combination of related ideas. If there is a negative or downward trajectory of motion inherent to a material, I focus my energy on changing that direction. For example, the work I've been doing with plastic bottles -- without intervention, discarded plastic bottles have basically 2 options: becoming landfill or getting recycled. In the past few years, I have intercepted approximately 50,000 bottles from the waste stream, turning them into art instead of allowing them to go into landfill, our oceans, or the environmentally costly recycling process. Junk mail and excess food packaging are materials I enjoy working with as well. They share a similar fate with bottles. The activity of opening up the mail and finding a depressing mass of garbage/credit card applications is now a pleasant experience wherein I find a new batch of art supplies. The assertive positive language & costly printing used in junk mail and food packaging gives them a persuasive, positive, personal flavor, making them ideal fodder for my work. My practice is largely about recognizing and embracing possibilities, revealing poetry and potential and encouraging others to do the same.
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ARTIST RESUME:


AURORA ROBSON
Born 1972, Toronto, Canada

Education
2000 Columbia University, B.A. in Visual Art & Art History (Magna Cum Laude)
1993 Apex Technical School, Welding Program (Certified structural welder)
1987 Central Technical School of Fine Arts, (Admitted upon viewing of drawing portfolio)

Solo Exhibitions
2010 Be Like Water, Skybox, (large scale solo installation) Philadelphia, PA (forthcoming)
2009 Land Mines, Salve Regina University Art Gallery, Newport, RI
Honor System, Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC
2008 The Great Indoors, Rice Gallery, (large scale installation) Houston, TX
2007 Site Specifics 07, installation, Islip Art Museum Carriage House, New York, NY
2006 Art212, Project Space, The Jungle, (awarded solo installation opportunity) New York, NY
2005 Wake up, Wake up, it’s in the Morning, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 Spill, 212Gallery, (two person exhibit) Aspen, CO
2D/3D, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA
Elements of Nature, City of Lancaster Museum, Lancaster, CA
Debris, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY
Spark, Borrow and Steal, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Two Degrees of Separation, Satori Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Trash Menagerie, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Up-Cycling, Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA
New Now, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Abstractions and Contractions, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY
Thinking Small, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Micro Macro, Satori Gallery, New York, NY
Painting Pink Pajamas, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL
Discarded to Distinctive, Ross Art Museum, Delaware, OH
Summer Journeys, Summer Dreams, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Citysol, outdoor installation/festival, Solar One, New York, NY
Lather, Rinse, Repeat, 4 person show, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY
Couplets, 2 person show with Lisa Solomon, Square Foot Gallery, Nashville, TN
2007 Force Fields, Sevengaits, Southbridge, MA
The Eclectic Eye: Selections of Fantasy & Illusion from the Frederick Weisman Art
Foundation, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Impossibly Familiar, FIT Art Market Graduate Thesis Show, New York, NY
Wallworks 3, Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA
Scapes Within, Poietis Gallery, Inaugural Exhibit, New York, NY
Memento-Mori, The Artists Network, New York, NY
2006 Emergency Arts, New York, NY
The Summertime Show, Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mushroom Arts, New York, NY (catalogue available)
2005 Faculty Exhibit, The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
Resonant Part II, Hun Gallery, New York, NY
Spring Combustion, 3 person show, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Mostracolletiva Colorfixation 02, Barone & Odom Gallery, Rome, Italy
Introduction’02, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004 13, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Samson Fine Arts, New York, NY
Makor Gallery, 2 person show, New York, NY
Judy A. Saslow Gallery, 2 person show, Chicago, IL

Selected Bibliography
2009
In The Studio: Aurora Robson, by Edward M. Gomez, Art in America
Plastic Power, Aurora Robson’s Landmines, by Lisa Utman Randall, The Mercury
Exhibit is a fun way to take in the trash, by Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Aurora Robson, by Nimo Mohamed, Format Magazine (Issue #60 – Female Issue)
Transformation, Garden 91 Magazine
2008
(Cover) The Great Indoors, by Garland Fielder, Arts Houston Magazine
Art: Message in a Bottle, by Steven K. Lee, Plenty Magazine
Plastic Makes It Possible, Rice News and Media
The Front Row, Aurora Robson interview by Meghan Hendley, Houston Public Radio
The Great Indoors, by Julia Ramey, Houston Press
Robson Displays Her ‘Body’ of Work, by Douglas Britt, Houston Chronicle
Rice Gallery Installation Video, by Douglas Britt, Houston Chronicle
Aurora Robson : The Great Indoors, Houston Arts Alliance
Emerging Art in Bushwick, by Alex Callender, NY Art Beat
Aurora Robson’s “She Bang”, by Christopher Reiger, HungryHyaena.blogspot.com
Artist of the Week by Elizabeth MacCrellish, Squamartworkshops.com
Domestic Terrorism by David Maddox, Nashvillescene.com
SQFT Gallery by Jonathan Marx, Tennessean.com
Aurora Robson Interview Pt. 1, by Jill Danyelle, The Laboratory
Aurora Robson and Lisa Solomon, Juxtapoz
2007
Inspired Metamorphoses by Alexandra Novo, Attitude Magazine
Dream Catcher, (Interview with Aurora Robson) by Steve Watson, Wonderland Magazine
Site Specifics ‘07, by Janet M. Goleas, Islip Art Museum Website
Pollinium, by David Cohen, Artworld Digest Magazine
2006 Art Basel Miami: Pulse Beats Sophomore Slump, by Margery Gordon, Artinfo.com
Blurb, by Ami Kealoha, Coolhunting.com
Fashion & Art, by Ruth La Ferla, The New York Times - Styles Section
2005
Contemporary Sculpture, by Edward E. Gomez, Art & Antiques Magazine
Best of the AAF, Domino Magazine
Review of ABWO Galleriea D’Arte Contemporanea, March 2005, EXIBART.com
Recomendation of Wake up, Wake up it’s in the Morning at Richard Levy Gallery, NM, Alibi’s Review of Pentimenti Group Show, Introduction ‘02, February 2005 Philadelphia Inquirer
Review of Pentimenti Group Show, Introduction ‘02, February 2005, Roberta Fallon
Artist Executes Work with Skill, by Wesley Pulkka, The Sunday Journal
2004
AAF by Raul Zamudio, ArtNexus

Awards & Honors
2010
The Arthur Levine Foundation Grant
Honorarium for Earth Day Installation at Bloomberg HQ, New York, NY
2009
The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Sculpture
The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
2008
Honorarium for Installation at the Rice Gallery, Houston, TX
Honorarium for Solar1/Citysol Installation, New York, NY
2007
Honorarium for proposal to Merrill Lynch Atria, Hopewell, NJ
Honorarium for installation at Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY

Corporate Collections
Aliante Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Daniel Fine Art, LA
Four Seasons Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Merrill Lynch / Bank of America, NJ
Neiman Marcus, Bellevue, WA
Poipu Beach Hotel, Kauai, HI

Notable Collections
Stephen Arcano
Julie Baker
Suzanne Deal Booth
Renee Boulis
Al Castaneda
Calleen Cordero
Maura Kehoe Collins, David Collins & Tim Collins
Evalyn Daniel-Putnam
Jenny Doussan
Rick Edrich
Heidi Gerger
Charles Harper
Greogory Higgins
Otto Hinzmann
Molly Hipp Hubbard
Kim Larson Knell
John Koegel
Jennifer Kostuik
The LaCharlotte Family
Colleen Flynn-Lawson
Steven K. Lee
Emily Leff
Natasha Lifton
Amanda Nicole
Rice University
Laurie Roberts Conklin
The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry
Paul Siegel & Lauryn Siegel
Lisa Solomon
Buddy & Rowena Steves
Christopher Stevens
Whitney Stevens
Bec Stupak
Michelle Ticknor
Lori Unger
Beth Weiner
Debi Weschler
The Frederick Weisman Art Foundation

Residencies
2007 Artist-in-Residence, Islip Museum Carriage House, Islip, NY
2002 Artist-in-Residence, Maho Bay Eco-Resort, St. John, USVI

Teaching
2004-2006
The Education Alliance Art School, New York, NY, Taught electric & gas welding/sculpture
2001
144 Music & Arts, New York, NY, Developed & taught photography to 6th graders in Queens
 








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