To the Ground- Solo Exhibition
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Solo Exhibition


'To The Ground'; a solo exhibition by artist Rosanne Robertson one of two winners of the AIR Gallery Platform Bursary award sponsored by Arts Council England.

Conscious and unconscious explorations of the idea of Ground are presented via representational and abstract forms. Connections within the material and immaterial mind are extended via appendages and crutches which connect us psychologically and physically to the ground. Moments that are rooted and up rooted exist at the same time celebrating constant flux- joined together and exposed in opposition to the idea of an opaque and rigid dominant structure.

Female form is handled by the female hands, instincts and gaze of the artist- reclaiming power taken away by an overarching patriarchal and homophobic society that fears true exploration of female power and sexuality. Femininities and masculinities are joined in a fluid structure without boundaries, suspended and fragile in a hostile space.

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Gendered objects including Robertson’s Dad’s discarded Sure deodorant cans sit alongside a phallic model brick structure in an assemblage titled Sure which bears the marks of stepping outside of gender norms. The white vest is prominent within assembled works as an iconic symbol of female masculinity within butch and lesbian culture. The vest is a repeated motif based on an early memory of looking to her Dad’s morning shave and copying his actions after removing a pink bow from her own white vest. Marked by red earth during a performance on the southern coast of Portugal the vest shows up the embodiment of violence imposed by invisible societal structures that instill fear of gender non-conformity.

New works span drawing, assembled sculpture and sound installation playing with the idea of the moment and allowing it to unfold. Robertson believes there is power in unfolding- in revealing and stripping back distrusting ways we have built around ourselves. The moment exposes a truth which Robertson aims to reveal by allowing improvised performance with objects to lead the making process right up until the point of exhibition. Raw materials of construction and the performance of destruction reduce old hierarchical individualistic monumentalism to the communal experience of dust. Materials of labour and demolition are used referencing her father’s work and a post-industrial and working-class upbringing in Sunderland- using the red bricks that surrounded her in an ex mining Sunderland cottage during formative moments.

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Rosanne Robertson
ReModel at The Art House, Wakefield


25 July - 3 August 2018 (Preview 25 June 5-9pm- Art Walk, Wakefield). 

Collaborator Space, The Art House. 

ReModel is an exhibition by artist Rosanne Robertson following a research and development project exploring the idea of power at the margins. A central focus is a personal project exploring gender non-conformity, mental health and societal structures- producing a new body of assembled sculpture and drawings works. Focussing on the relationship between mind, body and environment these works celebrate the moment as the site for change and remodelling. Rosanne imagines the physicality of the site for change and how it involves the body- destruction of the past, embodying resistance to dominant structures and renewal.

A homophobic, rigid and patriarchal society can lead to a deep distrust and hatred of our own selves, bodies and variations. During research and collaborations Rosanne considers the psychological and physical effect of being at odds with a system.


Starting points involve automatic drawings that embody the mutilation of Queer female identity considered deviant in over riding patriarchal capitalistic system that rely on rigid and binary understandings of gender and sexuality. In contrast representational drawings on the psychological space of the black background depict the body as structure- withstanding its brutal environment and workload with re-built re-connections and crutches.  

Assembled sculpture is used to build new meaning and make new connections piece by piece as opposed to a single totalitarian sculptural object. Fragile connections and abused objects are held in a moment together- in an ongoing process of renewal.

This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Rosanne Robertson is supported by The Art House during this project as a bursary studio holder.

YES LAD YES LASS at Charlie Smith London

Barry Finan and Rosanne Robertson exhibit their collaborative installation YES LAD YES LASS in a group exhibition curated by gallery director Zavier Ellis and artist Hugh Mendes.

Transcript | CHARLIE SMITH GALLERY | London

| Fiona Banner, Pavel Büchler, Matt Calderwood, Ben Eine, Tim Etchells, Barry Finan & Rosanne Robertson, Sam Jackson, Hugh Mendes, J Price, Michael Scoggins, Barry Thompson, Mark Titchner, Amikam Toren, Mark Wallinger |



CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present ‘Transcript’, a group exhibition curated by gallery director Zavier Ellis and artist Hugh Mendes. Both Ellis and Mendes have an enduring interest in text based work and in the occurrence of text itself in our general cultural environment.

Rosanne Robertson