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EVAN ROBARTS

The past few years I’ve been focusing on local social and political events in New York where I live and Miami where I grew up.Transformations within a community and environmental changes like gentrification, climate change, and urban development fascinate me. Big cities are of particular interest due to an often diverse demographic and the social rub created by their interactions. I think about how people self-organize into communities, how these communities coexist, change over time, and how these conversations then translate in a global context. Regarding my sculptures, I utilize readymades, found objects, and construction material to speak symbolically about the meaning of place and the history embedded in the locations I study. There’s a lot of demographic research and face-to-face dialogue that form the backbone of my practice. At the moment I’ve been thinking about Joseph Beuys’s theory of “Social Sculpture.” How art engages with and fosters change has moved me to embrace the power of reconciliation as a healing force.
He received his BFA from Pratt Institute in Sculpture in 2008. Robarts has held solo exhibitions at Berthold Pott, Cologne, Germany, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, USA, and Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Brussels, Belgium. Recent group exhibitions include: “See The Moon?” at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; “Not Really Really”, curated by Frédéric de Goldschmidt and Agata Jastrzabek, Brussels, Belgium; “Daily Formalism”, curated by MAB Society, at Bank Gallery, Shanghai, China; “Today/Morrow” at Balice Hertling, New York, New York; “Wayfarers”, at the Berman Museum, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania; and at the semiannual Martin Margulies Collection in Miami, Florida. Forthcoming exhibitions include a group show at the Université de Strasbourg in France (October 2018), as well as a solo exhibition at the Kunstmusuem Kunsthalle Kunstverein in Bremerhaven Germany (November 2019).

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