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Press Release: A Congregation of Wits, Drawings and Ideas

Art collector Holly Hager in conversation with visual artist Andrew Cornell Robinson Please join us for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres on Thursday at 7pm for an artist talk when the founder of Curatious, Holly Hager joins artist Andrew Cornell Robinson in conversation about Andrew’s limited-edition print collection “A Congregation of Wits,” on preview at Rusk.

Thursday, 7-9pm, 21 February 2019

Rusk, 39 West 37th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018 www.ruskrenovations.com

Seating is limited, please rsvp to Eve Rusk at erusk@ruskinc.com

During a visit to Pasquino, one of the “talking statues” in Rome, Italy, Robinson was moved by the leaflets, poems, prayers, manifestos, affirmations and protestations plastered over this sculpture and pediment. Mementos like these have been left by Romans since the sixteenth century when it was one of the only ways that the disempowered citizenry voiced their complaints against a corrupt city state. Much like the bleating crowds on social media today, these physical traces of the unheard and unheeded create a compelling visual palimpsest of civic gathering. In the limited-edition print, “A Congregation of Wits,” Robinson recalls focusing on the hand-written messages, taped and tacked together. He began exploring through one thousand drawing and transcribing an equal number of quotes, poems, prayers and affirmations; associating a fragment of text to each drawing, imagining the visual aggregation of all these voices. This idea manifested in a series of limited-edition silkscreen prints, monotypes, and related artifacts. These prints with layered meanings, and cryptic drawings of people, places, and things are paired with uncanny phrases composed in bold sans serif and serif letterforms inspired by French and Swiss early modernist typography. The series presents a humorous visual and verbal caricature of conversation.

Holly Hager is an author, art collector, and founder of Curatious, a platform for accessible and interactive education about contemporary art. She did her doctoral work in history and was a faculty member at Fordham University. www.curatious.com

Andrew Cornell Robinson is an artist based in New York City. He received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and he studied ceramics at the Glasgow School of Art and the Maryland Institute Collage of Art where he received a BFA. While he primarily works in ceramic, he uses an array of materials that include printmaking, drawing, and painting. Robinson is a member of the faculty at Greenwich House Pottery and Parsons School of Design. www.andrewcornellrobinson.com

A Congregation of Wits, a Box of 1,000 PrintsA preview into a collection of 1,000 prints, based on drawings culled from sketchbooks compiled over the course of thirty years of daily drawing. Visual artist Andrew Cornell Robinson has created an on going series exploring image and language.

Initially inspired by a visit to the Talking Sculptures of Rome, which for the past five hundred years, Romans have written poems, prayers, and political protestations and pasted them on a group of ancient sculptures in the eternal city. Much like the public exchange of ideas that take place today upon social media platforms and street art, he has created a collection of silkscreen prints comprised of 1,000 drawings with corresponding text messages printed on the back of each image. Here is a box set of some of these prints.

He is currently working on a series of installations of these prints and a corresponding group of ceramic sculptures, reflecting upon these drawings.

Limited editions from this series are available online at https://tictail.com/acrstudio