Roles in Archive: Artist, Participant
b. 1972 Los Angeles, California.
Born 1972, Los Angeles, California/Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York Marc André Robinson works with sculpture, drawing, painting, and video to express the ever-shifting status of blackness in Western culture. In Shame (2003), a continually slick, shining, black oil painting implicates viewers as their reflection appears, disappears, and returns. Blood for oil and fear of blackness are two layers of the painting, and even deeper yet is Robinson’s interest in reinscribing minimalism with political meaning.
Robinson received an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (2002), a BFA at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1998), participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2002-2003), and was an artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2004-2005). Selected group exhibitions include Frequency and Scratch at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2006, 2005); In the Poem About Love You Don’t Write the Word Love Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, and Artists Space, New York (2005, 2006); Float Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2003); 24/7: Wilno-Nueva York (Visa Para) Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2003); Off the Record Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn (2003); and Divergence Rush Arts Gallery, New York (2002).