Exhibition

Robb Putnam: Orphans

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

ROBB Putnam's first solo exhibition at the Rena Bransten Gallery, Orphans, is an exploration into the province of detritus dogs. With his sculptures, Putnam transforms discarded materials into castoff creatures who explore the dark spaces where emotions intersect. Old blankets, ripped shirts, fake fur, shredded rags, loose threads and plastic bags come together to become large-scale canine portrait heads whose individual personalities are expressed through a nuance of expression and texture. These oversized forms exist as misfits and reference a variety of sources: whimsical children's book characters, abandoned stuffed toys, wounded stray dogs, and imaginary friends. In addition to the sculptures, drawings of the dogs as disjointed animals within fevered dreams continue the associations of innocence and play as well as their physical distortions. In either dimension, Putnam evokes our empathy and our compassion for these beings.

Putnam received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MA and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. His work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington in 2011. He currently lives and works in Oakland.

PRESS RELEASE

ROBB Putnam's first solo exhibition at the Rena Bransten Gallery, Orphans, is an exploration into the province of detritus dogs. With his sculptures, Putnam transforms discarded materials into castoff creatures who explore the dark spaces where emotions intersect. Old blankets, ripped shirts, fake fur, shredded rags, loose threads and plastic bags come together to become large-scale canine portrait heads whose individual personalities are expressed through a nuance of expression and texture. These oversized forms exist as misfits and reference a variety of sources: whimsical children's book characters, abandoned stuffed toys, wounded stray dogs, and imaginary friends. In addition to the sculptures, drawings of the dogs as disjointed animals within fevered dreams continue the associations of innocence and play as well as their physical distortions. In either dimension, Putnam evokes our empathy and our compassion for these beings.

Putnam received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MA and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. His work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington in 2011. He currently lives and works in Oakland.

PRESS RELEASE

ROBB Putnam's first solo exhibition at the Rena Bransten Gallery, Orphans, is an exploration into the province of detritus dogs. With his sculptures, Putnam transforms discarded materials into castoff creatures who explore the dark spaces where emotions intersect. Old blankets, ripped shirts, fake fur, shredded rags, loose threads and plastic bags come together to become large-scale canine portrait heads whose individual personalities are expressed through a nuance of expression and texture. These oversized forms exist as misfits and reference a variety of sources: whimsical children's book characters, abandoned stuffed toys, wounded stray dogs, and imaginary friends. In addition to the sculptures, drawings of the dogs as disjointed animals within fevered dreams continue the associations of innocence and play as well as their physical distortions. In either dimension, Putnam evokes our empathy and our compassion for these beings.

Putnam received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MA and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. His work will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington in 2011. He currently lives and works in Oakland.

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