Artist Talks: Bart Exposito and Walter Robinson

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Thursday, June 7, 6pm

Presented by 516 ARTS
At 516 ARTS, 516 Central SW, Albuquerque

New Mexico Artists Bart Exposito and Walter Robinson present the stories behind their work in their own words.

Bart Exposito

Bart Exposito’s
paintings and drawings have a foundation in abstraction, but almost always incorporate some degree of recognizable imagery to create a visual vocabulary based in typography, architecture, and mid-century design. Now a resident of New Mexico, after living and working in Los Angeles for nearly two decades, Exposito’s work has been impacted by the landscape and has become less singularly flat and graphic. Engaging with a variety of spaces and techniques, he conveys personal and idiosyncratic experiences with the land and the skies.

Exposito has taught at Otis College of Art and Design, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. His work has been the subject of multiple solo exhibitions including Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA; David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, CO; Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and most recently at Tai Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. He has exhibited in a number of institutions and universities including The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas; the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California; the Wignall Museum of Art in Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Hangart 7 in Salzburg, Austria; Donna Beam Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada; Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California; University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; and the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California. Bart’s work is in the public collections of the Saatchi Gallery, United Kingdom; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio; Bank of America; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; Nieman Marcus; West Collection, Pennsylvania; and the Fredrick R. Weisman Foundation.

Walter RobinsonWorking in a range of media—wood, epoxy, metal, leather, and found materials—Walter Robinson hand-fabricates and assembles objects, signage and tableaux. Through his work, Robinson investigates the mechanics of cultural and social anthropology. Using text and the strategies of appropriation, conflation, and dislocation, he uncovers the subconscious and biological human imperatives hidden beneath social, political, religious, and capitalist packaging.

Robinson’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art, CA and the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, and in numerous group exhibitions across the United States and abroad. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; the San Jose Museum of Art, CA; the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA; the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; and the Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA. Recently, Walter’s works have been exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe. His work has received critical attention from a number of print and online publications, including Artforum, ArtReview, Vanity Fair, Juxtapoz, the San Francisco Chronicle, THE Magazine and An alumnus of the M.F.A. program at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, CA, he also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts.  In 2014, Robinson moved from San Francisco to Lamy, New Mexico.  His artwork is represented by Turner Carroll Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA and by Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery in Luxembourg.

Top images from left to right:
Bart Exposito, Untitled, 2018, Acrylic and Charcoal on Paper, 21 x 29 inches, Courtesy of the artist
Walter Robinson, Tartan Wordcross (Cruel Truth), 2011,Mdf, epoxy, metalflake, 48” x 48” x 1½ inches, Courtesy of Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM