From electromechanical sculptures that respond to the dark history of convict leasing in the turpentine industry; to a modified payphone that serves as the vehicle for (and mediator of) impromptu storytelling; to the sensory experience of watching and listening to an autonomous, buzzing landscape of electronic detritus; the overriding goal of my work is to reveal the politics embedded in all technology.
In 2015, Rob was selected by the Orlando Museum of Art to participate in the Florida Art Prize in Contemporary Art, an annual invitational exhibition in which ten artists are chosen to represent the state of contemporary art in Florida. In 2012, he was nominated for the San Diego Art Prize and participated in the corresponding New Contemporaries V exhibition. His work has also been exhibited in venues as diverse as the Prospectives.09 International Digital Art Festival at the University of Nevada Reno, the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, EFA Project Space in New York City, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Rob earned an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego, a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and BS in Business Information Systems with a minor in Computer & Information Science from the University of Massachusetts. At UCSD, Rob was an Ujima Scholar and a San Diego Fellow. Rob currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at The Florida State University, where he serves as head of the department’s Digital Media area, director of the REBOOT laboratory at the Facility for Arts Research, and the instructor for courses such as Digital Fabrication and Mechatronic Art.