Notes from the Arts + Crafts Research Studio of Andrew Cornell Robinson
I am pleased to share with you a wonderful review and excerpts from an interview I did with Catherine Spaeth, art critic for the Huffington Post.
Disobedience And Through The Night Softly: Andrew Cornell Robinson And Gregory Green At Anna Kustera
No matter your political beliefs or aesthetic inclinations, the most intriguing exhibit in Chelsea this season has been Andrew Cornell Robinson and Gregory Green at Anna Kustera on 21st, closing this Friday December 23rd. The seduction is largely topical, opportunistically so, in that this appears to be the only exhibit in a Chelsea gallery that explicitly engages with the content of Occupy Wall Street. From the street and through the window is Andrew Cornell Robinson’s Disobedience, a game board depicting what appears to be the pieces for a Zuccotti Park, and inside is Gregory Green’s Through the Night Softly, tire spikes across the gallery floor. Yet for each of these artists addressing Occupy Wall Street was not the originally intended purpose of their work, conceived as it was before September 17th. Even so, selected by Anna Kustera for their seeming prescience, Andrew Cornell Robinson and Gregory Green differently express political imaginations clearly enervated by present conditions. What follows below are interview excerpts with each of the artists.
Catherine Spaeth: I knew nothing of your work until I walked by the gallery window and saw Disobedience, it was the only thing going on that seemed to be addressing what is happening at the moment, so I thought, but when I spoke to Anna Kustera apparently this was conceived and made before any stirrings of Occupy Wall Street.
Andrew Cornell Robinson: Yeah there’s a bit of synchronicity there, and Anna thought the same thing, she thought I was making work about the Occupy Wall Street protests. In actuality I wasn’t; but I was addressing issues of power, class and rebellion. It was really coming from a different place, it wasn’t reacting to specific political stuff necessarily, but in a roundabout way the work is an examination of power. Let me explain. MORE