Robb Putnam, ‘Rat 2’, 2012, CMA: Benefit Auction 2016

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Image rights: Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

About Robb Putnam

Robb Putnam is best known for his large-scale animal forms fashioned out of blankets, shirts, fake fur, rags, and thread. These “mutant craft projects” are evocative of children’s toys, yet their size and exposed construction add a slightly ominous and off-putting quality. As creatures seemingly stripped of a protective outer layer, Putnam’s pieces have a sense of psychological vulnerability, as the artist explores the intersection of play and violence.