Robin Hextrum’s exhibition Breaking Tradition explores the relationship between traditional subject matter and technique with contemporary application methods.
This body of work experiments with a series of oppositions including: traditional and contemporary, organic and geometric, representational and abstract, and chromatic and monochrome. Hextrum includes plants and animals as subjects in these ambiguous and morphing environments. Delicate roses stand adjacent to cartoonish flowers and expressive marks. Animals exhibit curious poses in dream-like environments overlain with pattern, mark-making and unexpected symbols.
These artworks are simultaneously beautiful in execution and unsettling in their implications, as they suggest a tension between natural and constructed worlds. This series derives inspiration from recent social, political and environmental upheavals. The work responds to these instabilities, while also carving out new realities.