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Darrell Roberts
updated: 07/17/2009
website: darrell-roberts.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Artist Statement
For me everything is about art all the time. In the 1950’s, art critic Harold Rosenberg coined the term action painting. It’s a phrase that I keep coming back to. My practice is as much about the act as the action. 

The ever-changing landscape and structures of the metropolis inspire my work. Over the years I have documented Chicago; the lake, the gardens, the skyline, its people and construction sites. All these elements and textures influence my work. My interest is in sensory overload and stimulation.  I am bombarded with visual stimuli in Chicago, and love it; I believe more is much better. The pace of people, traffic and hectic life make it easier for me to notice the subtle changes of textures, colors, forms and light as I move through the city. These changes quickly catch my eye and give me a moment to rest. Many times I spend much of the course of a year, documenting construction sites and am interested in what was and will be.

Color for me is movement; movement through the city is color. 

Artist Bio / CV

Gallery Representation

Thomas McCormick Gallery, 835 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607

contact Thomas McCormick 312.226.6800

Education

2003 MFA: The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

2000 BFA: The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

1997 BA: Art History, The University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Group Exhibitions

2008

Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago 

Abstraction 2008: Summer Group Show, Thomas McCormick Gallery

2007

Fresh Paint; a group show of Chicago painters, Thomas McCormick Gallery 

Brickton Art Center, 2 person show, Chicago

Ravenshood juried exhibit, Images Gallery, Chicago

Constellation: A Faculty Show, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

TOXIC COLOR, exit gallery, Cleveland, Ohio

Hyde Park Art Center, Spring Gala, Honoring Chris Kennedy, Chicago

Art Chicago 2007 @ the Merchandise Mart:Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago

Material + Light: Paola Cabal, Ana Fernandez, Darrell Roberts, Video Screening: Decasia by Bill Morrison, mn gallery, Chicago

Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Group Show, Chicago Heights, IL

2006

I feel, good, i feel great, i feel wonderful, current works by Ana Fernandez and Darrell Roberts, L2 Kontemporay Gallery, LA

Ulrich Project Series:The General Store, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas

Hyde Park Art Center, Material Science, Chicago

How Did I Get Here, Elastic, Chicago

Solo Exhibitions 

2009

"Surface Matters" Solo Exhibition, Thomas McCormick Gallery 

2007

Hyde Park Art Center, "Luscious", Chicago

Grants/Awards

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Grant, March 2009.

Illinois Arts Council Grant, January 2009.

The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation awarded Darrell Roberts a generous grant in December 2007 for the development of his artistic career.

Full fellowhip award, 4-week residency, on behalf of the Dedalus Foundation, at the Vermont Studio Center, December 2007.

A grant from the George Sugarman Foundation has been awarded to Darrell Roberts for the purchase of paint and the enrichment of his artistic career, November 2007.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation awarded Darrell Roberts a grant in March 2007.