Monday, July 21, 2014

CULVER CITY: Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson, Untitled, Date unknown. Acrylic, gold leaf, on canvas, 30" x 30". Image via Reginald Ingraham Gallery's Facebook page.

Hold Tight, Then Fall
July 19 - August 23, 2014

6021 West Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA
From Reginald Ingraham Gallery e-blast:

Michelle Robinson's Hold Tight, Then Fall is an exercise in balance. Her paintings challenge and withdraw; they are both bold and subtle, mixtures of meaning, depth and immaterial beauty. With intricate patterns set against gilded negative space, Robinson composes a fine line between the weight of responsibility and the freedom found in the fantastical.

Robinson’s work teases the viewer to find the space to hold tight amidst her use of textured hair patterns that speaks directly to Robinson's identity. The work transmits in code: juxtaposing soothing colors with intricate patterns, layering sharp geometric shapes in lush hues, then resting the eye with areas of gold leaf, creates abstracts that are erotically feminine.

Like womanhood, there is a complexity in the work that adds rather than detracts from the symmetry Robinson seeks to convey. A measured maturity informs her choices in pigment, form and implication. Soft lines and methodical shapes create a nuanced narrative of strength and suppleness: an invitation to fall into the enigmatic mystique of the fairer sex.

Self-taught, and surprisingly precise, Robinson's painterly technique demonstrates her keen eye and her creative development. Her former figurative series has been widely collected and this new series will undoubtedly show her seriousness as a contemporary artist. Hold Tight, Then Fall is Michelle Robinson's first solo show at the Reginald Ingraham Gallery, and the artist chosen for our Summer Series Exhibition.

Michelle Robinson is an identical twin born in Seoul, Korea, in 1982 to a Korean mother and African American father. Shortly after her birth, the army-based family moved to the United States. Michelle currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Michelle Robinson is represented by Reginald Ingraham Gallery.

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