Robbin Deyo

Robbin Deyo’s artistic practice is autobiographical, yet primarily based on a material approach. These two aspects merge in that the material quality of things have fascinated the artist since childhood: brightness, color, shape and the transformation of natural objects as well as those manufactured. Deyo relies on processes of play, games and systems that are essential not only as modes of production adjusted to each of her projects, but also as beacons to the spectator’s experience, guiding it gently through the mnemonic quality of her work. Formal rigor adapts to all the different aspects that can be evoked by the materials, color, rhythms and patterns that characterize her works : unique objects, hand-made multiples, drawings, paintings, videos, sculptures and works that straddle these different practices. What connects Deyo’s projects are an interest in multiples, repetition, and an engagement in labor intensive and process-based practices. Objects, activities and aesthetics that are traditionally defined as feminine are also of a particularly interest to the artist.

Born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Robbin Deyo now lives and works in Montreal. She completed a BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (1995) and received a MFA from Concordia University (1998). Her work has been presented in exhibitions across Canada, in the United States, and Europe. Among her recent solo exhibitions Still Moving (Ottawa Art Gallery, ON, 2016), Spin (Truck Gallery, AB, 2011), Imaging the invisible, (Axeneo7, 2010),  Flow (La Chambre Blanche, 2009) and sweet sensation (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 2005). Group exhibitions include Manif d’art : la Biennale de Québec (Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec, 2017), Op! L’art optique (Maison des arts de Laval, 2015-2016), Les Matins infidèles. L’art du protocole (Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec, 2013-2014), Artefact Montréal 2007 – Urban Sculptures, Specific Objects (Charles H. Scott Gallery, BC, 2004) and the 1st edition of Manif d’art (Manififestation internationale d’art de Québec, 2000).

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