Robbie Rowlands is a Naarm/Melbourne based artist whose practice is informed by acts of intervention. The artist cuts, slices and peels apart interior architectures and material objects to expose the fragility of their construction. Working site specifically, Rowlands reveals the complex histories embedded within abandoned buildings and utilitarian forms. In opening up what seems impenetrable and inaccessible he challenges conventional readings of space and our emotional relationship to material surroundings. Rowlands explores the language of material things by calling attention to the presence they occupy in our lives. He surveys the often perplexing ways in which human presence can linger in diverse materialities and how these traces of the past affect us.
Rowlands has presented major public art commissions both nationally and internationally. Significant projects include: Slow Order, Ballarat Railway Station Commission (forthcoming); Finding the edge, Decommissioned Timber Yard, Preston (2020); Riddiford Arboretum Sculpture Commission, Broken Hill (2019-20); Crossing the floor, Broadmeadows Townhall PublicArt Commission; Light Falls, Townsville (2019); This hall breathes, Broadmeadows Town Hall, Broadmeadows (2017); Shadows Fall, Belfield House Intervention, Belfield (2016) and Tread lightly for this ground may be hollow, Popps Packing, Detroit/ Hamtramk (2014). He is currently a Masters by Research Candidate, RMIT, Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art, Sculpture from the Victorian College of the Arts (1999).
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