There is a lineage of artists that have long established the interconnection between two-dimensional art forms and the material world. I am interested in extending this conversation. I think of my works as assembled paintings, but they are perhaps more properly identified as sculptures born of a planar understanding. I suggest that a world exists between surface and space. My paintings inhabit this world. I also believe that it is possible to strip the storied objects I find of their native identities and associations. When materials are transformed in this way, I can reveal moments of perceptual transcendence that extend beyond routine perceptions of everyday experience. The myriad of ways that such an experience can be prompted from a dialogue between modest materials is continually surprising.
Jeff Robinson was born, raised, and currently resides in central Illinois. He received his MFA from Illinois State University in 2011. Robinson has exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally at venues in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, and New York. His work has been published in New American Paintings and Manifest Gallery’s International Painting Annual. In addition to his studio practice, Jeff teaches full-time as Instructor of Art at the University of Illinois Springfield in Springfield, IL, where he teaches courses in Painting and Drawing. He also serves as the Gallery Director for the University’s Visual Arts Gallery.