Barbara Robertson Artist Page

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Barbara Robertson

 

Robertson’s work addresses the impact of Seattle’s current rapid growth, while staying rooted in the art historical context of Constructivism, which rejects the idea of art for art’s sake and passionately believes that art, architecture and design can be employed consciously for positive social change. At the beginning of the last century, like today, technological advances were embraced and believed to help promote a more positive future. 

Her geometric, architectural-based 2D and 3D works and animated films, seek to respond to these changes to the built environment and address how it affects the population both positively and negatively on a broader scale.  

Robertson lives in Seattle and is the founder and former president of Seattle Print Arts. Awards for her work include grants from 4Culture Individual Artists award, a KALA Art Institute Fellowship and the Neddy Fellowship from the Behnke Foundation. She has exhibited worldwide in prominent arts centers in Norway, Greece, and Switzerland  and is included in noted public and private collections: including the State of Washington Percent for Art, King County Public Art Collection, the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, Harborview Medical Center, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Washington Special Collections.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586977896048{padding-left: 10px !important;}”]

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CONSTRUCTURE | new works by Barbara Robertson, 2019


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Untitled (Blue)
21 x 17″ mixed medium on mounted panel
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— Barbara Robertson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”element_from_fade” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1585763374995{padding-left: 25px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586977133668{margin-top: 50px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 25px !important;}”]We are in a very similar cultural moment today to the one the original Constructivists faced after the first World War; we believe that technological advances will eventually create a better world, but we are challenged by pervasive consumerism and a focus on personal gain, often at the expense of our own communities.

 

— Barbara Robertson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column css_animation=”fadeIn” width=”1/2″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”element_from_fade” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=”” css=”.vc_custom_1578688652889{border-left-width: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″ offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586977158726{margin-top: 100px !important;padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 25px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;}”]In Seattle, our environment is constantly changing architecturally and thus spatially, in dramatic ways. Landmarks and other more modest historic structures are disappearing, so we no longer have them as a touchstone for our own history, our memories and our sense of cultural continuity. 

 

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Flux
52 x 42″ mixed media mounted panel
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Element 11
16.5 x 15 x 2″ kozo paper on mounted panel
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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][vc_column_text]The images in this new series of drawings, paintings and animations, in part, question how imagination, geometry and structure relate to our physical, and cultural environment. How does rapid change affect our sense of community and our sense of place?  I am developing these ideas through mixed media works on paper, relief paintings on panel and several related animated films.

 

— Barbara Robertson[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”element_from_fade” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=””][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1585763421482{padding-left: 25px !important;}” offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md vc_hidden-sm”][vc_column_text]The images in this new series of drawings, paintings and animations, in part, question how imagination, geometry and structure relate to our physical, and cultural environment. How does rapid change affect our sense of community and our sense of place?  I am developing these ideas through mixed media works on paper, relief paintings on panel and several related animated films.

 

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