Robin Dluzen: Poetry is Practical
A Solo Exhibition at AdventureLand Gallery
Though the imagery I feature in my work may seem varied --the transmission towers, the man-made landscapes and the appropriated line drawings-- together they create a composite picture of the concept of “home.” While some evoke very personal notions of home for myself, like the absent-minded doodles my father made as he related a story about working in an iron foundry as a young man, others encompass a wider scope via the network of power lines from the small, Southeast Michigan town where I attended college. Still others, like the appropriated hardware illustrations, will be familiar to a broad spectrum of viewers.
Compounded with the content imparted through the representational imagery is the meaning imbued within the sourced, recycled, utilitarian and throwaway materials I employ. Ephemeral media like brown paper lawn refuse bags and cardboard contribute to a “here today, gone tomorrow,” fleeting sense of place and time. But, home is not just a place of fondness and memories; it’s also the conflation of landscape, labor and socioeconomics that lay the groundwork of identity.
Pictures From The Long Haul Published March 12, 2016
COPPICE BOTANICALS Published October 13, 2015
BeOddDieRich Published July 22, 2015
Alley Walk: A Trip Through Chicago's Other Street Grid Published April 18, 2015
DONALD JACKSON Young Love: A Story of Intrigue, Gossip and Apathy Published March 14, 2015
AMERICAN GARDENS Published October 28, 2014
COMETAS Published April 16, 2014
Lori Cerny: Selected Poems Published December 03, 2013