Chicago artist Renee Robbins exhibits her recent work of paintings and etchings at Comfort Station in April 2014. 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. 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
Renee Robbins works as a visual artist in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. She has a BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from Michigan State University. Most recently she exhibited at Firecat Projects, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Ann Tower Gallery, and the Union League Club. Her other selected exhibitions include the Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, South Bend Art Museum, Alexandria Museum, and the Kresge Art Museum. The Chicago Gallery News featured her work as a ‘Young Chicago Artist’ to watch in the May 2013 issue.
For more info on Renee Robbins’ paintings: http://reneerobbins.com/fieldnotes.html
And a link to Renee Robbins’ prints http://reneerobbins.com/etchingsLL.html