Robbie Barber (Texas)
April 2 - May 1, 2011
Robbie Barber is Associate Professor of Art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he teaches sculpture and three dimensional design. Born in Williamston, North Carolina in 1964, he was raised on a farm near the Roanoke River in Martin County. He received his BFA degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and his MFA degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
As a result of Barber’s travels throughout North Carolina and rural America, he has become fascinated with the strong visual character of this country’s vernacular architecture. For Barber, vintage lap-board houses, mobile homes, tobacco barns and other agrarian-related structures have become regional icons, and tell the stories of the people that have either built or inhabited them. Other influences include literary science fiction, toy design, both folk and outsider art, and found objects in general. I often fuse these influences and create hybrid objects of fantasy laced with humor and irony.