Arts & Crafts
An Accidental Revolutionary
"Craft as a practice is closely tied to the conceptual underpinnings of Andrew’s work across media."
- Suarez & Hornbuckle
Robinson explores discordant assemblages of personality, memory and history through craft. The work is comprised of a ceremonial series of reliquaries, grottos, artifacts, photographs and agitprop from the personal to the poetic. Inspired by radical events loosely informed by memory and reimagined through the proxy of two personae based on historical and fictional characters that include Madame Thérèse Defarge, the villainess in Charles Dicken's novel A Tale of Two Cities, Rene Stilitano, the object of affection in The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet and the French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat and his assassin Charlotte Corday. In contrast to Jacque-Louis David's celebrated painting, Death of Marat, Robinson has combined historical and fictional narratives with his own memories of an activist past as a departure point to reimagine memory through independent works and creative collaborations with a jazz composer, a master printmaker, a costume designer, a poet, a product designer and many others. Each of these collaborations began with a conversation about a reimagined persona. They worked together to create artifacts, ideas, sounds and garments for. The resulting queer things are not easily defined. Robinson has sought out fringe storylines, and diaristic visual fragments, attempting to pass as artifacts and heirlooms, ideas and agitprop as aesthetic signs and stories. More
An Accidental Revolutionary… A Fruit Bowl Manifesto features the work of Andrew Cornell Robinson. Andrew's inspiration comes from the creation of a pair of personae based loosely on the life and death of the French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat and his assassin Charlotte Corday. These two characters were fictionalized and images, costumes, poetry, songs, agitprop prints, and artifacts were created in response to a re-imagined queer revolution and counter revolution. The work is an inherent sense of play–a distinct sense of humor, the dangerous, poetic, rebellious and at times the absurd. Unfortunately this project was somewhat precient as it was created over the course of two years and presented prior to the 2016 U.S. election. Below are a selection of some of the images, costumes, and sculptural artifacts created for this project.
This work was first presented in at Christopher Stout Gallery in NYC. This project includes multiple works produced in collaboration friends and fellow artists Greg Climer, Paul D’Agostino, Richard Darlington, Jeffrey Goldstein, Michael Kirk, Elias Paulson, Alex Reyes, Brett Sroka, and Steve Turtell.
A Fruitbowl Manifesto
a Poem by Steve Turtell
I. Play-Time--A Cantata for Five Stooges Prestissimo
1. “We'll drop the whole fucking building on them if we have to.”
2. “Let's just put everything in the kitchen sink.”
3. “It'll be art.”
4. “It sure as shit will.”
5. “Do you think we should write a manifesto?”
II. A priori
All art is the conscious manipulation of ordinary activity.
Breath is song; every word is a poem; blood and flesh were the first ink and paper,
running the first dance, bricks of mud and straw made the first buildings, and pots the first sculpture.
We loved watching each other do magic and imitated all of it and theater was born.
Now get out there and start seeing all the unacknowledged creativity around you. There’s more art than anyone has ever noticed. Steal from it. Maybe you’ll be less predictable.
III. "I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast."
IV. Fruits and Nuts got married...
...and as in any relationship were altered by their constant interaction. They now prefer to be called Frunuts, and each has adapted, so now they have some of the characteristics of the other—but reversed. The fruits now have hard shells and must be opened with nutcrackers but carefully so as not to damage the wet ripe interiors; the nuts have smooth and, sometimes fuzzy, skins like peaches and can be eaten as is or peeled. They are deliriously happy.
V. Connect the Dots
(Cheating and stealing are allowed; this is REAL WORLD ART not School. There is no score. All answers are correct. Who says the lines have to go only left/right? Additions accepted.)
Were/Is/Are/Will Be the New
VI. A bowl is a brassiere for air.
Obviously, the sky is unisex and has only one breast, which we all share. There’s plenty for all.