Chicago artist Renee Robbins exhibits her recent work of paintings and etchings at Comfort Station in April 2014. Fieldnotes is a reference to the scientific practice of observing variables, taking notes, and making lists. These notations can be seen as a journal of evolving ideas and Robbins uses this system as a way of negotiating between abstraction and representation. Recorded daily on scientific expeditions and adventures, fieldnotes often include information about an infinite amount of variables such as color, shape, movement, pattern, location, or type of specimen. Oftentimes, the notes are reconfigured for research reports and presentations post-adventure. The artist views this reconfiguring as similar to her technique of pulling together the micro and the macro into one form. For each composition, rather than one specific specimen, there is a multiplicity or blend of many figures. In this way, Robbins’ paintings and etchings are a way to respond to the diversity in the natural world, both in and outside of our human experience. A fantastical natural history that ranges from the micro to macro, Fieldnotes is a reference to the scientific practice of observing variables, taking notes, and making lists.
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