Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery

Public Reception: Thursday
6 PM–8 PM

Rob Andrade: To Move an Obelisk

For this solo exhibition in PC-G’s Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery, San Diego artist Robert Andrade presents a site-specific installation of new work that builds upon his evolving language of sculpture, public space, Modernist architecture and construction materials as fine art supplies. This presentation, in which his sculptural forms seem built into the exhibition space’s own architectural footprint, includes various aspects reminiscent of the town square—pavilion-like forms, public gardens and an obelisk monument allude to the sanctity of a place built for the gathering of a democratic public. On display are new truncated assemblages composed of bronze, polished concrete, mirror acrylic and more, each suggesting the bold futurism sought by the Modernist architects’ design of early and mid twentieth-century urban centers. By extension of Modernist architectural history—specifically that of the eras of Russian Constructivist and Brutalist architecture and their influence on American urbanism—Andrade conjures the legacy of the town square as a place of hybrid activity involving intellectual dialogue, contemplation, political ideology, commerce, protest, civic duty, celebration, violence and more.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction Providence College's Centennial.

It is generously supported by the Art & Art History Department at Providence College.

Conjunctive Artist Talk:
5 PM, Thursday, October 27
Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery

Robert Andrade is an artist and educator living and working in his native San Diego. He has exhibited throughout the United States, mounting solo and group exhibitions at venues including the San Diego Art Institute, Helmuth Projects, City Gallery, Southwestern College and many other San Diego exhibition spaces, Noysky Projects in Los Angeles, Brazzos Gallery and Circuit 12 Contemporary in Dallas, Winkleman Gallery and Dumbo Arts Center in New York City, Janus Project in Brooklyn, Hartell Gallery in Ithaca, University of Notre Dame in South Bend and MVSEVM in Chicago, among others. He has held artist residencies at the University of Texas – Dallas CentralTrak and the San Diego Art Institute, and he has recently been nominated as Emerging Artist for the San Diego Art Prize. Andrade holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from Cornell University.

Robert Andrade, "Axis Mundi," 2016. Mirror-tinted Plexiglass and plastic topiary. 43 x 43 x 24 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Robert Andrade, "Mountain Temple Skyscraper," 2016. Asphalt, mirror-tinted Plexiglass, plastic and topiary. 32 x 32 x 20 inches. Courtesy the artist.