JIMMY ROBERT

Born in Guadeloupe, Jimmy Robert was raised and educated in Europe in the 1990s – an era in which questions of citizenship and representation were hotly contested. Rather than creating conspicuously political artworks, Robert takes his cues from cultural figures of the recent past-avant-garde writers, filmmakers, visual artists – who were not only pioneers in their respective art forms but also deft at subtly registering the traumas and effects of their social conditions. Robert’s concern for the body – both personal and political – in addition to his interest in the poetic potential of ephemeral materials unites much of his work, which ranges in media from photography, film, and video to sculpture and collaborative performance.  

Robert typically uses photographic portraiture as a starting point for his works on paper, gently breaking down divisions between two and three dimensions, image and object. In some cases Robert uses found photographs that he tears, collages, tapes, and crumples before digitally scanning them and pinning them to the wall. In other cases, Robert takes new photographs in his studio and crams them into wooden boxes or arranges them on the gallery floor. Extending into the space of the gallery, these works create a relationship to the viewer’s body while underscoring a sense of impermanence. Likewise, Robert’s sculptures are either made from wood-based materials or give the illusion of paper forms and often play with notions of value and durability. Integrated within his photographic and sculpture practice, performance remains an integral part of Robert’s work. His dance and performance works value gesture and chance over elaborate choreography, referring to Fluxus artists such as Yoko Ono and Yvonne Rainer of the Judson Dance Theater.

Jimmy Robert lives and works in Berlin.

Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (Fragments)', 2015
Archival inkjet print, oak frame
101.5 x 73 cm
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0010)



Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (Agon)', 2015
Archival inkjet print
134 x 100 cm
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0012)



Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (wall)', 2015
Archival ink-jet print, beech wood rod, masking tape
240 x 152 cm (print); 140 x 10 cm (rod); 414 x 152 cm (installation)
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0008)



Jimmy Robert
'It’s not lame...it’s Lamé', 2015
Archival ink-jet print, text on paper
29.7 x 21 cm (each)
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0005)



Jimmy Robert
'Metallica', 2007
Painted aluminium sheets
110 x 171 x 120 cm
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0002)



Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (skirt study amended)', 2011
Various paper on paper
116 x 75 cm
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0003)



Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (Screens)', 2015
Archival inkjet print
66 x 90 cm
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0014)



Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (Olesen)', 2015
Archival inkjet print, oak frame
30 x 19.5 cm
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0013)



Jimmy Robert
'Untitled (Belladonna)', 2007/2015
Installation: archival inkjet print, charcoal
Dimensions variable
65 x 49.5 cm (print)
Unique
(ROBERT-2015-0015)



Jimmy Robert, 'Langue matérielle', 2012
Installation view, Jeu de Paume, Paris