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(Los Angeles) –On view October 15 to October 31, 2021 at Keystone Art Space Los Angeles, Michelle Robinson’s solo exhibition “You Are (Not) Here” combines technological and traditional methods of creating digital composites of landscape and (un)homey objects.
A domestic secret or trauma, once revealed, shifts the concept of home from the comfort of nostalgia into the realm of the uncanny: a place of intellectual uncertainty, where the once-familiar now feels unfamiliar. This tension; this oscillation between interior and exterior, presence and absence, coziness and dread, provides the framework for this exhibition.
Robinson uses computer graphics to generate simulations of domestic furniture and structures, and hand-builds dollhouse miniatures to reference a different timescale and physicality. By scaling up tiny, corrupted replicas of domestic objects and situating them, vulnerable, in a hostile environment, Robinson turns the inside out. Like the miniature, the desert is a space of arrested time, and her proxy objects, whether simulated or built by hand, live out their lives as ruins in the landscape.
Michelle Robinson received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in 1991 from Texas A&M University and continued with graduate studies at Texas A&M’s program in Visualization. During that time, she produced animated short films that were shown at the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, Imagina in Monaco, and The AFI National Video Festival. She has been an artist with Walt Disney Animation Studios for 28 years, with credits that include Frozen and Zootopia, and she is currently Head of Characters on the forthcoming release, Encanto. She also maintains an active personal studio practice and completed her MFA in Visual Art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2019. She has been published in SciArt Magazine, and Precog Magazine, and exhibited her work at the New York Hall of Science, The Coastline Gallery and Chaffey Museum in CA, the Dairy Center for the Arts in CO, and Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery at Coker University in SC. She also recently juried a digital art exhibition and film festival for the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in California.
Keystone Art Space
338 S. Ave 16
Los Angeles, CA 90031