'Only in America'
Sol Robbins, radical American
illustrator, has spent his working life concentrating on social
and political subjects.
In collaboration with the
School of Health and Social Care and the European
Illustration Collection based in the University of Lincoln in Hull,
this body of work titled 'Urban and Issues', has
been reassembled and sent over from America on loan for exhibition during
April and May 2004.
Sol Robbins will be visiting Hull on Tuesday
4 May when he will be talking about his work in the Saville
Lecture Theatre at 5.30 pm. This will be
followed by a reception in the EICH Gallery.
Robbins' America is not the high profile corporate world of skyscrapers
and global marketing—the adman's power dream—rather it is
the uncomfortable social interface which maps the paradox of its effects.
Downtown streets bear the scars, and the people the stresses, of economic
systems in play.
image, assembled from fragments, addresses the consequences of chasing
the 'American Dream'. Sol Robbins creates strange and 'foreign' places
for us to roam through—different landscapes of doorways, alleys
and oppressive streets. These images have the power to draw us in and
in so doing, perhaps, render our own streets 'foreign' for a while.
in America' says volumes about the contradictions we also strive to
reconcile. The sick and the old lacking voices and the recognition and
dignity they deserve—a world where goods and lives are traded
in an endless struggle.
like these that make us think are not so plentiful and we are privileged
to see these original works on show in Hull from April 5–4 June
2004 after which they will return to the USA.
To see more of Sol Robbins' work, visit his
Kathie Jenkins EICH 05/05/04