“Shifting Gears – Selections from Robyn Horn’s Industrial Series” – March 2-31, 2018
A selection of the newest body of work by nationally recognized artist Robyn Horn, will be showcased in a solo exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery, March 2-31, 2018. The exhibit, entitled Shifting Gears, features sculptures from the artist’s Industrial Series,which incorporate found metal objects into salvaged pine beams. Additional work from the Industrial Series will include a selection of the artist’s Reliquaries, which house machine-cast metal parts in wooden receptacles, providing another new context for Horn’s formal and material interests. Works on paper and canvas will also be featured in the exhibit. The show is curated by Rachel Golden, a respected art consultant, educator, and historian. Shifting Gears will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, March 2, in conjunction with the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs. Artist Robyn Horn and curator Rachel Golden will also give a gallery talk at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. A catalog of the exhibit will be available at the gallery and online.
Industrial Series “all stemmed from wanting to use the metal parts,” Horn said. “The rough, flaking paint on the surfaces of the beams gave that industrial look of something that was used in some way. It just felt like they went with the rusted metal pieces.”
Consistent with a hallmark of Horn’s work, the materials provoke question, and the process, too, is a mystery. This is precisely Horn’s goal for the finished effect of her sculptures: to achieve some level of illusion of material, of method, or both, which forces the viewer to question how the work is made, and from what material.
Industrial Series is the culmination of more than fifteen years of material, process, and concept coming together to produce an entirely new body of work for the highly established and esteemed Arkansas artist.
Robyn Horn’s wood sculptures have been collected and exhibited by museums and galleries throughout the nation and abroad. Public collections include: The National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery,Washington,D.C.; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; White House Collection of American Crafts, Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; North Carolina State University, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC; Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg,TN; and many others.
Horn has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to the art form and her leadership in establishing Collectors of Wood Art. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design, San Francisco, CA; and of the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA. She has served as an Honorary Board Member for the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery and as a Member of the Collections Committee of the Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY. Awards include the Aileen Osborne Webb Award for Philanthropy from the American Craft Council in New York; Hendrix Odyssey Award in Artistic Creativity from Hendrix College, Conway, AR; Craft Organizations Development Association Award for Leadership, Creative Thinking and Outstanding Service; Winthrop Rockefeller Memorial Award from the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the American Association of Woodturners; Distinguished Service Award from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN; Lifetime Achievement Award from Collectors of Wood Art; and the Living Treasure Award from the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Robyn Horn was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1951. She earned her B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and has worked as an artist for more than 30 years. She currently resides with her husband, John, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Curator Rachel Golden holds an M.A. in Art (Art History) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She maintains the care of a private collection based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and works as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland University College. In 2017, she opened Acanthus Fine Art Advisory, serving the needs of both collectors and artists.