McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History will present a visiting artist lecture by Amber Robles-Gordon on Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Peterson Hall Room 104. The lecture, which is sponsored by Ars Nova, the College’s art club, is free and open to the public.
Amber Robles-Gordon is a mixed media visual artist. She primarily works and is known for her use of found objects and textile to create assemblages, large-scale sculptures and installations. Her work is representational of her experiences and the paradoxes within the female experience.
“My artwork is a visual representation of my hybridism: a fusion of my gender, ethnicity, cultural, and social experiences,” she says. “I impose colors, imagery, and materials that evoke femininity and tranquility with the intent of transcending or balancing a specific form. I associate working with light, color, and energy as a positive means to focus on the healing power found in the creative process and within us all. It is my belief that colors have both feminine and masculine energies and each color represents a specific aspect of nature.”
“My artwork embodies my spiritual connection to color and projects a sense of energy to positively affect others. Merging colored feminine objects and masculine forms visually fuses the various materials and energies. Through the use of found objects I seek to symbolically articulate the need to recycle energy and power inherent to discarded materials. The intention is to examine the parallels between how humanity perceives its greatest resources, men, and women versus how we treat our possessions and environment.”
Robles-Gordon has over fifteen years of exhibiting, art education and exhibition coordinating experience. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts from Howard University in November 2011, where she has received annual awards and accolades for her artwork. Since, her exhibitions and artwork has been reviewed and/or featured in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Washington Informer, Examiner, WAMU American University Radio, WPFW 89.3, MSNBC the grio, Hyperallergeric, Ebony.com, the Miami Herald, and Callaloo Art & Culture in the African Diaspora.
She has exhibited nationally and in Germany, Italy, Malaysia, London and Spain. In 2010, Robles-Gordon was granted apprenticeship to create a public art installation with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, D.C. Creates Public Arts Program. Robles-Gordon was also commissioned to create temporary and permanent public art installations for numerous art fairs and agencies such as the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DCCAH, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA), Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., Howard University, The Schomburg Center for Black Culture and the Washington Projects for the Arts.
Additionally, she has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Luther College, WETA Television, Al Jazeera, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, David C. Driskell Center and the Phillips Collection to teach workshops, give commentary, and or present about her artwork. Most recently, Robles-Gordon has been selected for the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano, Back to the Roots Residency in Limon, Costa Rica.
For more information on the artist, and to see samples of her work, visit http://www.amberroblesgordon.com.
Thursday, March 23 at 7:00pm