Nicolas Robbio - Indirections [2 December 2008 - 15 January 2009]

TrAIN Core Member Isobel Whitelegg is curating the exhibition ‘Indirections’ (2/12/08-15/01/09) at the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Nicolás Robbio’s work begins in an intimate observation of everyday things: common objects, situations, and systems. Attentive to the limits of what is close at hand, he produces a sensitive economy of images. Closely observed details are subtracted, and outlined by drawing onto or cutting into paper and other found materials. These elements are isolated or re-combined to occupy spaces of varying scale and dimension: from individual drawings to notebooks and rooms. They are overlaid between sheets of paper or glass; constructed as new three-dimensional objects, and drawn, incised, or projected on walls.

Consistently precise, deceptively simple, this method of representation is an intricate synthesis; it brings together diagrammatic outline, illusion and the material qualities of things. The effect is to underline the interstice between reality and representation and also to see the commonplace taken apart and re-assembled from elemental parts and qualities. By careful handling, selection and re-configuration, our objects of general knowledge are re-placed as carriers of personal memory and collective meaning.

Over the past four years, one of the ways in which Robbio’s work has developed is via focused individual exhibitions and his show for the PCCA Nicosia forms a part of this sequence. Each is approached as a specific project, and becomes in itself a composite work in which previously made works are brought into a new relationship with those created in situ. Across varying media, a clear process of thought emerges. From wall drawings to the subtle placement of objects, drawings and projections, each element suggests an intimate yet indirect relationship to others, to the space that it occupies, and to the situation from which it draws.

Curator, Isobel Whitelegg, TrAIN Research Fellow, University of the Arts London

Friday 28 November, 2008