Born in Miami, Robert Chambers earned his MA (1990) from New York University and his BFA from University of Miami (1983). He ran the sculpture departments at NYU for a number of years and then continued his teaching career at the University of Miami.
Robert Chambers has recently completed several large scale public Art commissions; “Light Field”, an interactive 87’ tall LED wall of light and “Orbital 1+2”, 20.000 lbs marble elliptical sculptures for Miami-Dade Art in Public Places (completed March 2011). Recent exhibitions include ”2011 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Awards include the Nancy Graves Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. He was granted a residency at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Miami Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Miami, FL.
The idea of combining contemporary sculpture and science with non-traditional materials is at the core of my work as an artist.
My work very often references a sense of experimental playfulness. The rigidity of science, chemistry and physics is broken by a desire to re-contextualize empirical research thru a sculptor’s vantage point. The final selection of unrelated matter becomes a perplexing hybrid of materials and concepts rooted in laboratory praxis and contemporary art theory.
I find myself constantly toying with visual connections between science and art, forcing them into a realm of senselessness and chaos. This work stimulates viewers into constructing their own understanding of contemporary concerns and questions which may be used as an impetus to encourage associations between disparate entities.
– Robert Chambers