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Dominique Robin: Stone Puzzles from Tuscany’s Valdarno and N.Y.'s Hudson Valley

Co-sponsors: Aide à la création Ministère de la Culture (France); Bourse Actions innovantes Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France)

Dominique Robin lives partly in his home in Poitou, France, and partly in New York. His exhibitions (in Europe, Africa, and the United States) combine photography, drawing, video, and installations. His recent project is based on naturally-fragmented mountain stones. Read the Statement below.

In the exhibition “Stone Puzzles” Dominique Robin explores the projections of humankind on landscape and more generally on nature.

During a recent stay in the Arno River valley in Tuscany in 2017, the artist gathered a collection of stones that had become fragmented over time, and made an artistic practice of re-assembling and disassembling them. With these ancestral forms (said by geologists at the University of Florence to be 70 million years old) Robin created a new group of works: carbon drawings, photographs, and a video in which a series of hands reconstruct the stones.

Later in 2018-2019, Dominique Robin found other remarkable rocks, including black-spotted granite pieces that were broken by dynamite in a quarry in Cold Spring, or by a jackhammer in a construction site in Manhattan.

From these stones, Robin created a second set of drawings, photos, and an installation, entitled “Secret Words,” made with audience collaboration, in which a series of secrets are written by the visitors and obliterated with graphite penciling leaving just one remaining word. Among the mineral forms, then, a wall progressively displays illegible words with occasional fragments of secret thoughts.

Composed of various materials and shapes, the exhibition reflects on both the fragility of the world and the immensity of time, and on the earth itself, which is a huge puzzle composed of stardust but also of ephemeral and fragile materials and moments.

Event Date 
Thu, Mar 28, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Exhibit continues through May 8.
Gallery hours: 9:30 am–5:30 pm (Monday–Friday)