ANTHROSCENERY: AURORA ROBSON AT THE NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART
Perhaps it is the English major in me, but I have always been drawn to works of art that incorporate words. The use of language in art to evoke certain emotions can be incredibly powerful and subjective to the viewer. Since everyone has different feeling or connotations of words, using text forces the viewer to reflect. From the medieval illuminated manuscripts to the contemporary works of Mel Bochner and Barbara Kruger, text and art have been intertwined for centuries proving the power of language in art.
I was delighted to see the new works at The New Gallery of Modern Art of Aurora Robson that combine both abstract art with wordplay to express her viewpoint on the state of humanity and the environment today.
VIA THE NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART
The New Gallery of Modern Art is pleased to present our inaugural solo show with Aurora Robson. For Anthroposcenery, she has created a series of new wall-hanging collages and cluster sculpture. What is anthroposcenery? It is an adjective meaning “relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.”Aurora describes her work and the show’s title as: “My work is essentially an exercise in anti-discrimination. People have a tendency to create false hierarchies, treating certain materials or groups of people as if they have less value than others. We often forget to appreciate our good fortune in terms of experiencing anything or anyone at all. In the US, “junk mail” comes to us regardless of our attempts to unsubscribe from mailing lists. We are inundated with superfluous materials (like junk mail), which we touch for a few seconds, or moments, but take an enormous amount of energy and time to reach us in the first place – only to then become waste, clogging the delicate arteries of our eco-systems.Reckless complicit consumption is just one of the roots of our self-destructiveness as a species. Our discriminatory nature traps us and will ultimately bury us in debris over time. Eventually we find ourselves forced to confront the materials and groups we’ve ignored or debased. What we resist persists.I aim to communicate with people regardless of their socio-economic status, culture, degree of education, age, religion, or race with a message of personal and universal potentiality and reverence. My practice is an open invitation. I intentionally create work to be suggestive as opposed to representational. I focus on correlations.”
On view through October 15th. For inquiries, please contact The New Gallery of Modern Art.