Born 1955, Miami FL. Lives Miami, FL, United States.
Robert Chambers finds himself constantly toying with visual connections between science and art, forcing them into a realm of senselessness and chaos.
The idea of combining contemporary sculpture and science with non-traditional materials is at the core of my work as an artist.
Robert Chambers’ work very often references a sense of experimental playfulness. The rigidity of science, chemistry, and physics is broken by a desire to re-contextualize empirical research thru a sculptor’s vantage point. The final selection of unrelated matter becomes a perplexing hybrid of materials and concepts rooted in laboratory praxis and contemporary art theory.
Chambers finds himself constantly toying with visual connections between science and art, forcing them into a realm of senselessness and chaos. This work stimulates viewers into constructing their own understanding of contemporary concerns and questions which may be used as an impetus to encourage associations between disparate entities.
Born in Miami, Robert Chambers earned his MA (1990) from New York University and his BFA from University of Miami (1983). He ran the sculpture departments at NYU for a number of years and then continued his teaching career at the University of Miami. Robert Chambers has recently completed several large scale public Art commissions; “Light Field”, an interactive 87’ tall LED wall of light and “Orbital 1+2”, 20.000 lbs marble elliptical sculptures for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places (completed March 2011). Recent exhibitions include ”2011 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Awards include the Nancy Graves Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. He was granted a residency at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami, FL.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
AIRIE Artist in Residence, Miami, FL
IRON OAR, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL
Grill-Art, Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel, Switzerland
Pelt Field, ASAP, Mount.Desert Island, Maine
Adaptive Silo, Projektraum M54. Mörsbergerstrasse 54, Basel, Switzerland
Ribbon Drop on Arch St, Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Atomic Dog, Winter Park, Florida
Ten Spools, ASAP, Mount Desert Island, Maine
Vitruvius’s Recliner, Roebling Hall, NYC
Ellipsota (Art in Public Places), Sarasota Herald Tribune, Sarasota FL
Eight Bubbles, ASAP, Mount Desert Island, Maine
Doppler, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
In Sit U, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO
Invert, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Project Room, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL
Rotorelief, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Art Positions, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Skytracker, West Chelsea Arts Building, New York City, New York
Bigma, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Gretzel Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Mental Magma, La Torre De Los Vientos, Mexico City, Mexico
Drix Installation, Byron Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Drix Installation, Miami, FL
Zon Installation, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Site – Specific Installation: Sculpture Center, New York, NY