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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Lisa M. Robinson

Dates:  1968, 15 January -
Born:  US, GA, Savannah
Active:  US / Argentina
Artist statement: 
The images from Snowbound describe a cultural landscape in which the objects of our recreation and occupation merge with the natural world while subtly restraining it. In these familiar spaces, transformed in winter not only by a blanket of snow, but also by a state of inactivity, we are offered glimpses of the sublime. These explorations speak to metaphor, and seek to comprehend our human place in this world.
On the surface, these images are quite beautiful. They appear elegantly simple and accessible, evoking, perhaps, the silent tranquility that one might feel after a fresh snowfall. Beneath the surface, however, there is a subtle tension. Like fine haiku, each image subtly references another season, a time of life or activity that has already passed, and may come again.
These quiet ruminations are very much informed by a reference to drawing, painting and sculpture. Three-dimensional reality is translated and flattened into two dimensions in the snow, which functions as the ideal positive/negative space. Poles and ropes and footprints in the snow recur throughout this series, functioning like human “marks” that reference drawing on a canvas of reality. Even the objects of fascination, an above-ground pool or a snow-laden trampoline, function as found sculpture that resonates with human qualities.
Throughout the series run the leitmotifs of poles and ropes and a palette of man-made color. The relationship between the human and the natural world becomes more tightly intertwined as the series progresses, and the cycles of life and death and transformation fold inward.
This interest in time passage and life cycles becomes distilled in explorations of water itself. Ice, snow, fog and water embody the liminal states of a primary element. At times, the multiple forms exist simultaneously. It is as though the thing itself possesses its own counterpoint- and transformation is a constant condition, despite seeming moments of stillness.

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1999 M.F.A., Honors, Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
1990 B.A., Cum Laude, English, Columbia University, New York, NY
Solo exhibitions
2008 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Kinzelman Art, Houston, TX
2008 KLOMPCHING Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2007 Etherton Gallery. Tucson, AZ
2007 Museo Tambo Quirquincho, La Paz, Bolivia
2007 Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
2007 Trois Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006 FotoAmericas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, Chile
2006 Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
2006 Sol Mednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Kaunas Photo Days, Kaunas, Lithuania
2006 Foto Club Uruguayo, Montevideo, Uruguay
2006 Festival de la Luz, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006 International Photography Gathering, Aleppo, Syria
2006 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
2006 Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 Jack Leigh Gallery, Savannah, GA. 2003 Reflections on Argentina, UC Berkeley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Jack Leigh Gallery, Savannah, GA
1999 Centro Cultural Bernardino Rivadavia, Rosario, Argentina
1999 ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Group exhibitions
2008 THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S EYE, The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2008 HOW TO HANG A BOOK: SIX CASE STUDIES, Frankfurt, Germany
2008 NEW ACQUISITIONS, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2008 Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 PHOTOGRAPHY INVITATIONAL, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
2007 SILVERSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL, Silverstein Photography, NY, NY
2007 EMBRACING WINTER, The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2007 MACDOWELL ARTISTS, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
2006 3 x 5, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 ART BAR ARTISTS, Ithaca, NY
2006 RESONANCE, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2006 16th ANNUAL PHOTO AWARDS, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2006 HCP EXHIBITION, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2005 WINTER SALON, Platform Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005 WHITE LAND/WINTER LINE, 499 Park Avenue, New York, NY
2005 HCP EXHIBITION, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2005 TPS:14, Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, TX
2005 SPRING TIDE, Jack Leigh Gallery, Savannah, GA
2005 TEN VIEWS OF TIME AND SPACE, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
2004 SMALL MATTERS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
2004 PARALLEL UNIVERSE, Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, CT
2004 LOOKING SOUTH, 70 NW International Photography Gallery, Milford, PA
2004 THE PHOTO SHOW, Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY
2004 FELLOWSHIP 2004, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM, Southampton, NY
2003 LaGUARDIA FACULTY SHOW, LaGuardia Community College, NY, NY
2002 LaGRANGE NATIONAL BIENNIAL, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA
2002 POSITIVE/ NEGATIVE 17, Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN
2001 WINTER SHOW, Jack Leigh Gallery, Savannah, GA
2001 McNEESE WORKS ON PAPER, Lake Charles, LA  
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