During his residency at Three Walls, Jesse Robinson has continued his exploration into the conventions of visual representation, framing, architecture, and display. Jesse began his residency by building a new set of gallery walls within the space; modifying the existing architecture and blurring the distinction between the ‘work’ and the ‘space’.
Working, primarily with hand-made wood picture frames and brightly colored tinted glass, he creates what are essentially sculptures masquerading as framed pictures. These pieces are ‘hung’ by drilling holes in the glass and inserting hardware through the holes and into the wall behind. By focusing on the means by which the picture is displayed the physical presence of the picture-as-object is foregrounded. Over the course of Jesse’s stay the walls have been altered, painted, cut, and rearranged. The exposed studs have come to resemble the picture frames and the evidence of reconfiguring the frames calls into question where the picture stops and the architecture of the space begins.
Jesse Robinson was born in New Rochelle, New York. He earned a BA in Fine Art from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. He has had solo/two person exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, Showcave Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and Reference Gallery, Richmond, VA and has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.