Much of Robarts’ work issues from what he calls his “continuous exploration of the transformational effects of time”—be it his paintings of melting cubes or popsicles, or his sculptures comprising objects of urban life that he finds around the city and reclaims. Through it all, he reveals what happens during the recess of time between a given now and a not-too-distant then. indeed, the very word recess is particularly resonant for Robarts. This is evident not only in his selection of the term as the title of his current exhibition at Secret 16, but also in his duel investigation and exploitation of the term’s manifold definitions in the work he here presents.
Robarts’ exhibit comprises two discrete scraps of chain-link fencing mounted on a wall, which he discovered lying unused near his studio in Brooklyn, New York. The empty spaces between the fences’ wire-netting are inlayed with a motley of balls—tennis, bouncy, base-, and so on—which spill out onto the floor below. Robarts collected these from the parks and playgrounds around his studio as well, picking them up and prizing them for their one-time, now-exhausted significance.
July 5 - 18 2013
Secret XVi gallery
805 Main St,