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gina robbins

1131 N EAST AVE
Chicago, IL 60302, U.S.A.
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Phone: 7085241837
URL: http://ginaleerobbins.com

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 ARTIST STATEMENT

I create organic and abstract objects using clay, rubber and found materials.  I work intuitively, experimenting with the inherent potential and limitations of the media.  Constructing repetitive forms, I never know precisely where the process and materials will take me.  I push, pull, carve, distort and assemble until a form almost breathes in my hands.

My sculptures convey movement and intention.  Often pushing against social boundaries, they provoke both dissonance and sensuality.  Installations of my work can be simultaneously otherworldly and viscerally familiar.

Found materials, discarded by civilization or nature, are irresistible to me. In my work, they serve as an archaeological study of my personal journey, while referencing the universal tension and compromise between built and natural worlds. Through assembly and installation, I allude to narrative and forge a conceptual study of social mores.

 
SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2015
Woman Made Gallery, 18th International Open, Chicago, IL, Juror: Gill Gatfield
2014
Material Associations: Five-Woman Show, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
In One's Element: Six Artists Working in Their Essential Element, Gallery PINK, Oak Park, IL
Bridgeport Art Center 2nd Annual Competition, Chicago, IL, Jurors: John David Mooney and Michiko Kobayashi
Clay3 , ClaySpace National Juried Exhibit, Warrenville Public Library, Warrenville, IL, Juror: Kurt Weiser
Atrium Exhibition, Illinois Artisans, Illinois State Museum, James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, IL
2013
37th Annual Art Competition, Beverly Art Center,  Chicago, IL, Jurors: Maria Gaspar, Gabriel Bizen Akagawa
From the Earth, Juried Group Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, Jurors: Carmen M. Perez and Mary Stoppert
Meet the Maker, West Elm, Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL
70th Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN, Juror: Paul Klein
Summer Juried Group Show, Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL, Juror: Staci Boris
Possibilities, Three-Person Show, Gallery PINK, Oak Park, IL 
Bridgeport Art Center Annual Competition, Chicago, IL, Jurors: Thomas McCormick and Julian Williams
Evocative, Regional Juried Show, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL, Juror: Paul Klein
2012
Small Works, Great Lakes Juried Show, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI, Juror: Nancy Flanagan
Journeys, Northbrook Public Library International Juried Art Show, Northbrook, IL, Jurors: Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Judith Joseph
Clay3 , ClaySpace Regional Juried Show, Warrenville Public Library, Warrenville, IL, Juror: Steven Hill
botanic/organic, Union Street Gallery National Juried Show, Chicago Heights, IL, Juror: Elizabeth Whiting
Featured Artist, Prairie Title, Satellite Gallery of Oak Park Art League (OPAL), Oak Park, IL
2011
Locus Terra, Juried Studio Show for Chicago Artists Month, Oak Park, IL, Juror: Seana Higgins
2010
Ceramic and Paper Show, Gallery PINK, Oak Park, IL
Carved and Composed, Annual Sculpture Exhibit, OPAL, Oak Park, IL
 
SELECT AWARDS
First Place Award, OPAL Artist Member Show, Judge Sabina Ott, 2015.
Honorable Mention, OPAL Anything Goes, Judge Betty Ann Mocek, 2014; Judge Nathan Mason, 2013
Second Place, Fluidity, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Height, IL, Juror: Renee Klyczek Nordstrom, 2013
Second Place,  OPAL Artist Member Show, Judge: Mark Hansen, 2013
3-Dimensional Award, 35th Annual Art Competition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL, Jurors: Olivia Gude, Brad Killam, 2011
 
PUBLICATIONS
Forest Park Review, October 18, 2013
Chicago Artists Resource website featured photo, Chicago Artists Month, 2011
Oak Leaves newspaper, September 13, 2011
Oak Leaves newspaper, July 8, 2010