Andrew Cornell Robinson | Bio | Statement | Resumes | Bibliography
About the Artist
Andrew Cornell Robinson is an interdisciplinary artist and designer working in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and collaborative craft. He spends some of his time curating, teaching and writing about art, craft and culture. His work has been presented in New York City at Anna Kustera; Christopher Stout Gallery; Paul Sharpe Projects, Eyelevel BQE; in Chicago at the American Center for Design; in Connecticut at the Bruce Museum for the Ceramics Circle; in London with the United Kingdom Crafts Council, et al. He has received an Edward Albee Foundation fellowship; grants for an art, design and performance collaborative workshop at The New School; and a research grant from Parsons for his work exploring the nature of craft thinking across disciplines. He has worked as an artist and educator in Port au Prince, Haiti and in southern India.
He has a deep appreciation of craft, art and design having studied ceramics at the Glasgow School of Art and the Maryland Institute College of Art from which he received a BFA. He was awarded an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in sculpture.
Andrew has over eighteen years of experience working with some of the most prominent branding, advertising and design agencies in the industry where he specialized in building new and revitalizing existing brands, creating digital experiences, and developing multi-channel campaigns. He has worked with an array of clients representing the luxury, fashion, finance and entertainment industries. He is a member of the faculty at Parsons School of Design and he is the founder of the Arts + Crafts Research Studio, a studio and collaborative platform for interdisciplinary art, craft and design projects.
His New York accent comes out when he is in a hurry, and he is fluent in hand gestures and hearty laughter. When he is not teaching or collaborating with colleagues he can often be found in his workshop bent over a potter’s wheel.
About the Work
If I had to sum up a common theme in my work it would be that idea-laden images and artifacts can act as a sign that may provoke an emotional response and tap into personal and historical memory. My works are mementos for the untold stories of people, places and events, which are omitted from history. I examine the ways in which dominant ideologies shape and distort our understanding of the world.
Using industrial design personae and other narrative strategies, I create works that explore revisionist histories through the production of art and craft objects. I employ an interdisciplinary approach to media and making; primarily creating ceramic sculptures and works on paper. I also use an array of media and methods including mixed media sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and performance.