Olivia Robison: 1899-1902
September 6 – October 20, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, September 7, 5-8PM
Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland
This exhibition features work created by multimedia artist Olivia Robinson (born 1975, Arkansas) between the years 1899 and 1902. Robinson’s choice to present her work as if created during this time period, the height of the Technological Revolution (and pre-dating her birth), affords her the ability to reflect upon contemporary social issues (labor, wealth, public health) from a bi-historic perspective. The works combine sculpture, drawing, electronics, and new media, and make use of media from the time period in which they were created as well as materials contemporaneous to Robinson’s life. Robinson presents three ambitious projects which will force the audience to reconsider the origins of power.
Olivia Robinson is a multimedia artist whose work spans performance, installation, research, and community engagement. Robinson’s diverse body of work, which ranges in scale from hand-built textile circuits to architectural-scale inflatable structures, investigates issues of justice, identity, community, and transformation. She has received awards and honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Franklin Furnace Fund, the Harpo Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Sculpture Space, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Her work has been presented at internationally recognized venues including SIGGRAPH, Boston CyberArts Festival, and the American Land Museum and has been recognized in books, journals, and CD/DVD releases. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.