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Ellington Robinson

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Art

Ellington Robinson is based in Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands. His work contorts materials to create forms that deal with ancient civilizations, Pan-Africanism, civil rights, music, physics, and classism. The content problem on the table is how do we arrive at our longitude, latitude and altitude. What determines our space in height, width and depth within time zones? I’m searching for something beyond where the ancestors dwell in eternity and parallel universes. Theory of relativity and quantum physics merge together thru string theory to link the agents with an ethereal force. Horizons of the ocean are parallel to railroad tracks on inner sleeves of record covers and cassette tape in which the voices are there but cannot be heard or seen. There is a use of inner department office envelopes where the names of ancestors, family members, musicians, freedom fighters and literati are inscribed as a way of stating a common thread, a circle of companionship within the cosmos. The painting is a physical, psychological and spiritual experience, which includes a formal process, and narrative approach. It is layered and combined with the materials as a means to evolve and embody the journey of this quest.


MFA, Painting and Mixed Media, University of Maryland, College Park BA, English, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Spring 2016