A month ago VoyageLA contacted me for an interview and I'm super excited they posted it online this week. You can read it by following this link Meet Dena Robertson. In the interview, I share my story and some of the journey I've taken to where I am now in my art career along with the road ahead. Would love to hear your thoughts too! Feel free to share them here!
As I dive back into my work after the show, I’ve been doing a lot of research to help inform my work and understand some of the inner workings of nature. I really start to geek out on forestry and the discoveries that scientists are making. One of my favorites is a Ted Talk by scientist Suzanne Simard who explains how trees talk to each other. It’s truly fascinating and just a glimpse into our eco-system. You learn how the forest bed plays a vital role to the trees and the complexity of communication that is happening in the forest.
I’ve watched this video multiple times and each time it leaves me in awe. It's the interconnectedness that really draws me in. These natural systems that are all working together, helping one another and creating this incredible beauty.
Thank you everyone for coming out to my show! And thank you Keystone Gallery for this opportunity, I'm so grateful. This past year has been quite the journey and to have my work culminate in this show has been so insightful, challenging, and gratifying. I've already started a new body of work and look forward to sharing it with you as it develops - now it's back to the studio!
For Immediate Release:
Keystone Gallery is pleased to present Impact, a solo-exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Dena Robertson. This show will include large and small-scale abstract paintings and works on paper. The show can be viewed February 2 – 11, 2019. A reception will be held on February 2, 2019, 4-7pm.
Derived from living in both urban and rural landscapes, Robertson examines human’s relationship with nature in these settings. Echoing the interactions of the multifaceted relationship and the influence of culture, geographic location, space and politics, organic forms emerge on the canvas. A fusion of indifference and spirited emotion, void of any physical people, is evident as elements of the dynamically colorful, abstract landforms disappear, fade and reappear like the ebb and flow of the precious natural resources.
Simultaneously, modern, human-made windmills often appear, forming patterns and reflecting our need to generate power, both electrical and political. The windmills often float off the canvas onto the wall, thereby encouraging the viewer to consider the global kinship and shared affects of air quality.
Inspired by the endless power lines that connect our homes and businesses into giant power grids, drawn lines are used metaphorically throughout the works suggesting the connectedness between all living things. Although these lines are sometimes broken or faint, Robertson’s original paintings give us a sense that the environment is ever changing and restoration is possible if we choose that path.
About Dena Robertson
Dena Robertson grew up in rural Indiana. She moved to Baltimore, MD to study art and later to New York. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She has a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including Superfine Art Fair in Miami, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, and Gallery 825.
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Save the Date!
Feb 2nd, 2019 is opening night for my solo show at
Keystone Gallery in Los Angeles.
Join me! More details soon.
This week I’m showing my work at Superfine Art Fair Miami. It’s located at 10th & Ocean in South Beach and runs during Miami Art Week/Miami Basel. Let me know if you would like a pass for the show and I’ll email you one.
My studio will be open at Keystone Art Space for our biannual open studios. Come, enjoy some wine, and see the work of 30+ artists.