Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, the enormously gifted mixed-media artist from Columbus, was also enormously prolific.
Continuing through Oct. 3 at the Columbus Museum of Art is “Raggin’ On,” an show of a lot more than 200 parts — not even the full extent of the late artist’s works — are provided in the museum’s collection.
And nonetheless, there’s additional to see at this time in Columbus. Hammond Harkins Gallery, whose operator, Marlana Hammond Keynes represented Robinson for 25 several years, is presenting the show “Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Masterworks” by means of June 13. The 36-piece show is a pleasant and numerous sampling of some of Robinson’s most highly effective performs.
“Aminah was just outstanding in the body of her perform,” Keynes claimed. “That’s all she did. Her dining home had a job, there was a project in the kitchen area and in the living space — that’s where by she made the “Presidential RagGonNon.”
This massive get the job done, measuring 25 ft tall by 10 ft vast, is the centerpiece of the Hammond Harkins show. Created in honor of African American president Barack Obama, the cloth wall hanging descends from the ceiling and spreads out onto the floor. At the prime is a sequence of men’s ties organized in waves and representing the Atlantic Ocean on which slaves have been brought to the Americas in the Middle Passage. The piece proceeds with visuals of the Obama family members at the White Property, the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize and extra. Scattered during the piece are a range of Robinson’s little, trademark tunes packing containers.
The exhibit consists of samples from Robinson’s “Blackberry Patch” series celebrating the previous East Columbus community. “Blackberry Patch Character: Pig Peddler” presents the dapper peddler carrying his sack as he steps by means of a industry of pink buttons. “Hayrides on the Fourth of July,” a gouache (opaue watercolor) painting, is a colorful and energetic scene of youngsters clustered alongside one another on a wagon currently being towed by a welcoming mule.
Robinson’s one of a kind medium of hogmawg — a modeling combination of mud, clay, twigs, animal grease and glue — is utilized in a amount of sculptures, including “Sapelo Series,” an oval depiction of a loved ones of about 10 folks nestled in a industry of buttons, twigs and clothespins. Clothespins — at minimum 100 of them — are observed in the skinny, 6-foot-tall “Prayer Adhere III,” topped by a row of songs bins.
From hogmawg, wooden and fabric, Robinson fashioned two female sculptures that stand in the gallery: the portly “Shaman” with her straw hat and denim skirt, and stick-thin “Rose,” sporting a hat which is the coloration of her identify.
In addition to Robinson’s will work, Hammond Harkins is showing many parts by Columbus artist Don “DonCee” Coulter, the initial receiver of the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Fellowship, proven in 2019 by the Larger Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art. Coulter’s “I’ve Received Tunes in My Denims,” produced of cloth such as denim, of training course, is an energetic, poster-like tribute to jazz musicians. His “I Am,” also produced of cloth, is a bold self-portrait that involves names of artists who affected Coulter: Ohioans Elijah Pierce, Walt Neil and, of program, Robinson.
To include Coulter’s functions in this exhibit is ideal and generous in gentle of the point that there are so quite a few Robinson will work still to be witnessed. As Keynes reported, “we have a whole lot a lot more in storage.”
She also encourages guests to partake of not just her exhibit but also the “beautifully place together” show at the Columbus Museum of Artwork.
At a glance
“Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Masterworks” continues by June 13 at Hammond Harkins Galleries, 641 N. High St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays by way of Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information and facts, call 614-238-3000 or stop by hammondharkins.com.