April 24 - May 17, 2020
Phil Robinson – "Agit Pop's Strong-T"
This exhibition represents critique of reality and the need for solidarity. Tension between the two isnt a matter of reconciliation. Art has never been just a well-behaved child affirming the best in all things, rather it agitates "the good": prove your value.
The irony of these images is complicit in their divisiveness by calling out bigotry. One way or another, someone feels offended, defensive, or personally indicted. Everyone has a right to their anger; doing something is a moral, ethical, legal matter. For the struggling classes, one mortgage, tuition, childcare payment away from disaster, solidarity asks: "would you rather be angry and powerless or powerfully equal?" If solidarity can change, recreate reality, then my art is a solidarity of laughing while crying out loud with everyone.
Phil Robinson is a Chicago native who has exhibited throughout the Midwest in Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, and various places throughout Missouri. Robinson’s creative practice has included sculpture, installation, 3D design, and cross-disciplinary media. He has also created public artworks for numerous state and local agencies and worked as a design consultant. Robinson earned his BFA in painting and drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He served as an adjunct instructor of art, and then the Henry L. and Natalie Freund Fellow of Painting, at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to UMSL. In 1998, he performed Hot Buttered Blackman for the Contemporary Artist’s Series at the St. Louis Art Museum. In 2009, he created Ornamental Bodies for Gallery 239 at Chadron State College, as well as The Codex Project at the Contemporary Art Gallery at Florissant Valley Community College in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2010, Robinson participated in the 23rd Annual Nude show for the Kentucky Art League at Gallery 209 in Lexington, Kentucky. He also showed his artwork at the North Florida Community College gallery in Madison, Florida in 2010.
Reprinted from University of Missouri-St. Louis website.