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Tabor Robak ‘10 to Exhibit Alongside Jeff Koons, Adrian Piper

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Net artist Tabor Robak '10 continues to explore the transformative potential of technology.

The first time Tabor Robak appeared in UNTITLED, it was because he had been named a 2011 Rhizome Commissions Winner for his proposal, Tunnels.

The aim of the Rhizome Commissions Program, which awarded Robak’s grant, is to support the creation of significant works of new media art by emerging artists. These works represent innovation in new media and internet-based art, including those like Robak’s that engage networked and interactive technologies and “reflect on the broader social and political impact of those tools and media.”

He popped up again in a short piece on Stephen Slappe’s June 2011 touring video exhibition, Out of the Great Northwest. There, Robak and Slappe teamed up with fellow PNCA-ers Chris Freeman ’10, Brenna Murphy ’09, Julie Orser ’99, and Carl Deihl.

Now, Robak’s getting attention for a recent New York Times article about the upcoming group exhibition Empire State, which explores the notion of New York as the new Rome of the art world. Robak’s work will be appearing next to that of Jeff Koons, Adrian Piper, Dan Graham, and Julian Schnabel. Empire State opens in Rome on April 23.

From Broadway Art World:

“Opening at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Empire State explores the constantly shifting realities and mythologies of New York City as a ‘New Rome.’ Filling the Palazzo’s exhibition spaces, this ambitious inter-generational survey presents the work of twenty-five renowned and emerging New York City artists – each in depth and with important new work being shown for the first time — and suggests how they might re-imagine the relationship between their community and the life of the city through a unique grasp on its varied sources of power. With painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation, the artists in Empire State examine their city’s enduring relevance to the world at a moment when urban life is being redefined rapidly everywhere.”

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EXO,” by Tabor Robak, 2012. Video game. Via E-X-O.

After graduating from PNCA in 2010, Robak moved to Brooklyn and has continued to make digital artwork. In the years since, he’s exhibited in London, Berlin, and Romania, at the New Museum and at MoMa in New York, and at Disjecta here in Portland. He recently released an album-length video game experience for Chicago-based band Gatekeeper’s new album, Exo.

You can follow Robak and his work on his website and blog.

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“Carbon,” by Tabor Robak, 2010. Interactive Visual Environment. Via taborrobak.com.

by Killeen Hanson, MFA ACD '12

— Posted on 02/11 at 02:56 PM

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