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"Ebony Reprinted" : Dana Robinson


  • Co-Lab Projects @ Springdale General 1023 Springdale Road, Suite 1B Austin, TX, 78721 United States (map)
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Ebony Reprinted
Dana Robinson
June 1st - 29th, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1st, 7-11pm
Open Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm

”My monoprints present the healing possibilities of abstraction. Using images that circulated in printed advertisements I remove traces of exploitative white dominated capitalist visual language allow the individuals in these images to regain their agency in the world. As the images are translated into paint, and that paint is intently smeared, pressed, and textured, the human beings at the center of these manipulative images become at once more abstract and exponentially more present.

The creation of the monoprints toes the line between careless fun and deep consideration. By reproducing the vintage Ebony magazine ads and editorial images in this way, I am constantly making rules just to break them in the next print. The visual results and the feelings they invoke are unpredictable and there is no reliable formula for their creation. As I oscillate between casual experimentation, and wanting strict control over this unruly process, I ultimately discover I am not interested in finding perfection and choose to maintain a sense of curiosity about the results.” - Dana Robinson

Dana Robinson was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Florida, and received a BFA in Design from Florida State University in 2012. Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist who combines, reproduces and deconstructs, vintage materials, found objects, and paint to address the topics of youth, black female identity, ownership and nostalgia. Robinson has exhibited her work in the US and abroad, most recently in No Place Like, a group show at Field Projects Gallery in NY, a solo show at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, and The Art of Sharing show in the Saint-Paul de Mausole- Saint-Remy de Provence of France. Robinson’s work has been written about in VICE, Queen Mobs Teahouse, Kolaj Magazine, and Sarah Lawrence College’s Lumina Journal to name a few. Robinson is currently living in Brooklyn and pursuing her MFA in Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts.