Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to announce a solo project award Welcome to the Jungle by Aurora Robson for Art 212.
Welcome to the Jungle is an intimate abyss out of inhabitants from Robson’s dreamscapes using recycled trash. An overwhelming array of plastic sculptures line the room and creep into the center to form a 3–dimensional form as seen in many of her paintings. Shades of green and blue are proportionate to human scale and viewers are immersed into a labyrinth of of whimsy and movement.
Amidst the tangled jungle are crevices and smaller pockets in which paintings can be found. A book of the paintings will be provided as a scavenger hunt list, leading viewers through the installation to find their personal favorite vantage point. Like easter eggs, hidden jewels, mineral deposits, truffles, or buried treasure, the paintings are barely visible and must be discovered. In some cases, the viewer must push the sculpture aside in order to view the paintings, ultimately gaining a sense of and enhancing the work’s intimacy.
Welcome to the Jungle functions as a metaphor for Robson’s approach to art making as she invites viewers to mine, search or forage for that which is interesting and beautiful in an otherwise claustrophobic, hyper-abundant blob nightmare mess. Welcome to the Jungle offers viewers an opportunity for touch, interaction, and discovery. This installation illustrates how open-minded exploration is essential in the cultivation of understanding. Robson offers the viewer an opportunity to enter and touch her jungle of delights, bestowing upon them the gift, the burden, and the empowerment of shared intimacy.
Aurora Robson was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in Hawaii. Although she has lived and worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for many years, it is the terrain of her childhood nightmares that shape her current work.