Miami based artist Robert Chambers is an experimenter who comes from a family of dedicated scientists and researchers. Scientific methodology has greatly influenced the\ artistic practices and processes he employs in his art making. Chambers believes in a holistic approach to art making in which environment, material and subject matter create a unified installation or art piece. The artistic language he employs in his work fuses scientific knowledge, contemporary culture and locality.
Chambers is also interested in creating a dialogue between spheres of consciousness: if a work is defined by strict laws of mechanical physics, his intention is to rupture the linearity, with a more playful, approachable gesture. He is interested in decoding the severity in science, opening it and allowing a new understanding in which spirituality is parallel to scientific knowledge.
For the Art Gallery at Government Center, Chambers is presenting paintings from his most recent body of work, Paintings from the Impact Drawing Machine. Chambers designed and built the Impact Drawing Machine, which he uses to shoot ceramic tea saucers that have been dipped in ink, graphite and paint. The pieces of pottery puncture, pierce and explode onto the canvas, paper or wet clay, creating paintings that appear weightless, much like a hanging mobile.
Chambers has received numerous grants and awards, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Miami Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Kemper Museum, Kansas City; and Laumeier Museum, St. Louis, among others.
Robert Chambers is currently working with Miami-Dade Art in Public Places to create an interactive light component and marble seating elements for the lobby of the new South Miami Dade Cultural Center in Miami, FL.
June 08, 2009
This exhibit will continue through
August 07, 2009
Monday - Friday 10AM - 3PM
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street