Phil Blank | David C. Robinson | Sasha Schilbrack-Cole
Narrative watercolors, original etchings, and ceramic sculpture by three artists reference subjects such as faith, race, and identity in the South.
David C. Robinson comments, “I hope to encourage the viewer to reflect on the not-so-distant past and to perhaps invite a reexamination or reevaluation of one’s own prejudices and assumptions associated with race, religion, and cultural differences. There is something almost mythical about the deep south that is every bit as dark, powerful and timeless as a Greek tragedy or as absurd, complex, and ironic as a Shakespearean comedy.”
“The themes I am interested in exploring include issues of race, religion, and social mores associated with this area of the Bible Belt. This includes an examination of historical and cultural responses to the nature of sin, purity, violence, and redemption.
“In my work, I employ the use of iconic imagery of the American South along with personal symbols that are important to me. I frequently juxtapose these symbols and imagery with broader, more universal elements. By combining these items visually, I am suggesting connections and associations across time and place and between seemingly disparate situations and events. My goal is to exploit these associations, provide a fresh perspective of the rural south and to connect the historical southern narrative with contemporary themes and audiences.” – David C. Robinson