Robin Tarbet's practice is concerned with the physical materiality of everyday technology, and he approaches familiar consumer products from a wondrous and inquiring perspective. Tarbet assumes the role of a curious folk scientific explorer, which leads him to dismantle, dissect, and distort everyday technologies and appliances. Aesthetically he examines the architectural and conceptual similarities of the built environment to the increasingly technological yet mysterious worlds within. His work questions the stuff that is concealed on the inside of a computer, or whether there is anything to find behind the façade of the television screen. As far as searching for answers or technical understanding his approach deliberately adopts the material function of failure, inefficiency, and he utilizes the resistance of the objects in providing any new knowledge that can be applied. Tarbet's aim is not to reveal any secrets, but his curiosity is with uncovering an often eclectic and mysterious collection of real bits and pieces that with few visible moving parts or automated actions, work together to create the products desired function. It is with this real stuff that his own fascination with perceived reality, illusion and the unusual effects of scale and perspective combine. As an artist he substitutes his precise lack of mundane understanding with the notion of play, imagination and the potential for what could be, rather than what is.
CV & Education
CV / BIOGRAPHY
Robin Tarbet (Born 1981 UK) is an Artist and Lecturer living and working in London.
2004 - 2006: MA Fine Art Printmaking at The Royal College of Art London.
2001 - 2004: BA Hon’s Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design.
2000 - 2001: Art and Design Foundation National Diploma at The Wiltshire College.
2006 - 2007: Awarded the Stanley Picker Tutorship in Fine Art (Print) at Kingston University.
10 / 2012: MONITORED LANDSCAPE - Black Swan Arts Centre Frome (Somerset)
01 / 2010: INDIRECT LAND - Trafo Gallery (Budapest)
10 / 2007: MONITORED LANDSCAPE No.9 - Outpost Gallery (Norwich)
CURATED / COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS:
05 / 2012: TOMORROW’S WORLD 2 - Project Number (London)
02 / 2012: TOMORROW’S WORLD - Residency and exhibition Rogue Studios Project Space (Manchester)
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
11 / 2013: ALTER // SHIFT // CONTROL – The Bermondsey Projects (London)
10 / 2013: THE HANOVER PROJECT – University of Central Lancashire
08 / 2013: THE TOMORROW PEOPLE – Elevator Gallery (London)
08 / 2012: PING PONG TABLE COMMISION – Permanently installed in Soho Square (London)
06 / 2012: RA SUMMER SHOW 2012 - Royal Academy of The Arts (London)
04 / 2012: IMPRINT - Kingston University Platform Gallery (London)
01 / 2012: BLACK SWAN OPEN - Awarded Special Commendation (Frome)
06 / 2011: RA SUMMER SHOW 2011 - Royal Academy of The Arts (London)
05 / 2010: CU - at Future Everything Festival (Manchester)
09 / 2009: PAPER CITY : URBAN UTOPIAS - at the Royal Academy of Arts (London)
07 / 2009: EAST INTERNATIONAL - Norwich University College of Art (Norwich)
05 / 2009: FIRST SHOW - Achromat Gallery (Brighton)
06 / 2008: CAMBERWELL GREEN - House Gallery / Camberwell Arts Festival (London)
05 / 2008: SALIVATE - Anglia Square Shopping Centre (Norwich)
04 / 2007: TRANSFORMER - Exhibition & Symposium Woburn Research Centre (london)
03 / 2007: IS THE WORLD OURS? - Bargate Monument Gallery (Southampton)
03 / 2007: [DOT] PARTY - The Hayward Gallery (London)
06 / 2006: RA SUMMER SHOW 2006 - Royal Academy of The Arts (London)
05 / 2006: GENERATION - Show One Royal College of Art (London)
04 / 2006: PLATFORM FOR ART - Various Tube Locations (London)
02 / 2006: LETS RIOT - Café Gallery Projects (London)
01 / 2006: ART BELOW ZERO - The Westbourne Studios (London)
12 / 2005: SEEING THE LIGHT - The Stephen Lawrence Gallery (London)
07 / 2005: ENNON & CO - Group show in office space (London)
09 / 2004: NORWICH FRINGE FESTIVAL - Balley Shoe Factory (Norwich)
08 / 2004: EYE TEST - The Stephen Lawrence Gallery (London)
10 / 2012: TANGENT ZINE – Designed and Edited by Karen Ay
05 / 2012: ARC 16 THE DEATH ISSUE - www.rcamagazine.co.uk
12 / 2010: EAST GOES EAST CATALOGUE - ISBN: 1-8-7224-28-92-9 (Co-ordinator - Eleanor Cherry)
07 / 2009: EAST 2009 - THE BOOK - ISBN: 1-872482-90-2 (Editor - Lynda Morris)
07 / 2009: EAST INTERNATIONAL REVIEW www.frieze.com/shows/review/east_international (Chris Fite-Wassilak)
09 / 2007: PAPER CITY - Blueprint Magazine (Editor - Tim Abrahams)
06 / 2006: GENERATION RCA SHOW CATALOGUE - ISBN: 1-905000-25-1
10 / 2007: MONITORED LANDSCAPE / OUTPOST REVIEW - a&n Magazine (Mark Wilsher)