Lead, copper, and hair
Unique multiple of 3
32 x 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ inches (max)
Dimensions vary with installation
Miller Robinson’s sculptures exist as narrative artifacts of ritualistic encounters and experiences that elicit storytelling. Robinson understands their objects as “tools,” rooted in the understanding that hands were—and continue to be—fundamental in furthering human evolution. Robinson’s objects are familiar, yet each tool’s anatomy derives its meaning from a private world created through merging personal metaphors of materials with biological functions that question our position on the planet and beyond. Like much of science fiction, Robinson’s work uses the past to imagine a future. By disrupting common understandings of materials, objects, bodies, and the experiences associated with them, Robinson creates a space in which their work is a tool for growth and adaptation.
Much of Robinson’s tools and materials are drawn from their time and experience at the Estate of Robert Overby, where they spent many years archiving the late-artist’s work and belongings. During this time, Robinson developed a symbiotic relationship to Bob, who became their mentor through his remaining archive. By using the same tools and materials found in Bob’s work, Robinson further develops their personal connection to Bob.
Bob’s Plumb is cast lead suspended from strands of Robinson’s hair woven together with copper. Robinson’s lexicon of materials holds copper as a conduit through which connection travels. Lead, one of their “base materials” which originated from Bob’s work, is a heavy material, symbolic of emotional hardship. Hair acts as a recorder of time that also brings up notions of loss and mortality. Plumb bobs are measuring instruments, historically used as levels, and also function as pendulums. Combined with the tool’s embedded function of oscillating between extreme rhythms and the stillness of finding verticality, Robinson creates an object where gravity, time, and momentum are not just physical properties, but ones that relate to emotional experiences of balance, connection, loss, and longing.
Miller Robinson is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited in Los Angeles at the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Heritage Square Museum, Ben Maltz Gallery, and with Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), as well as HORESEANDPONY Fine Arts in Berlin amongst others. Miller received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2014.
See Miller Robinson's book Tomorrow Is Yesterday's Flower.