I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Los Angeles based artist Jim Robbins and interviewing him about art. Jim is a painter, sculptor, writer, filmmaker, cartoonist, illustrator, musician and actor. To coin him, a “Jack of all trades,” is an understatement.
Jim is all things unique. His recent focus has been paintings and cartoons. His paintings are self-described “metaphysical snapshots” that tickle the eye and stir the imagination beyond it. They often incorporate titles into the works themselves. An example is his haunting deconstructionist self-portrait entitled “I Know What I Look Like.” They’re not just titles, they’re part of the art, and as such, the writing informs the image and the image informs the writing. There is a symbiotic relationship that is skillfully at play in the majority of his pieces. Accordingly, the images that accompany his “titles” are reminiscent of biological building blocks – some works conjure up images of dna strands, of cells, of mitochondrial jigsaw puzzles.
His cartoons are more whimsical in flavor. While his paintings burst with color, Jim extracts the saturation [a trademark in his paintings] from his cartoons and opts for a stark black and white palette. His fine lines and attention to detail are undeniable as he plunges into the darker side of humanity and mines for humor. I, personally, am attracted to humor that gets at the “stuff” we as a culture have a hard time looking at, because it makes it easier to digest, easier to scrutinize. Humor can provide a clearer lens through which to view the negative space in the world; otherwise, without it, we all just might look away. Jim’s cartoons get at the very heart of this…and they’re damn funny.
You can check out the video of our interview here:
Jim will be exhibiting his artwork on Saturday, March 16th, in downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend you check it out –
An Immersive Art Experience
Celebrating the Heart, Mind & Works of Jim Robbins
Full Gallery Viewing at the Live Culture Studio
1519 Essex St Suite 203
Los Angeles CA 90021
Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Benefiting the DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
There will be live musical performances and projections of Jim’s films throughout the evening. He will also be debuting a limited edition book of his cartoons. I believe many of his original works will be for sale.
See you there…it is sure to be an exciting night!