SEATTLE.- Alloy of Love, by San Antonio artist Dario Robleto, chronicles a decade of work and includes pivotal examples of the artists sculptures and collages. Robleto is well known for intricately hand-crafted objects that reflect the artists passionate investigations into a wide range of subjects, including music, popular culture, science, philosophy, war, and American history. The artist spins new narratives out of the vast inventory of our past, utilizing such diverse and unusual materials as melted and pulverized vinyl records, artifacts gleaned from battlefields or related to war, rare herbs and minerals, and even prehistoric fossils and human bones. Inspired by DJ cultures practice of mixing and sampling, Robleto combines and refashions his materials into poetic artworks that reveal much about history and nostalgia.
Along the way, the artist pays homage to many important figures (such as singers Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin and the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts) as well as anonymous individuals, including soldiers and widows, who have contributed to the legacy of our nation, and whose stories, resurrected through art, reinforce the relevance of the past on the present and to our future. The resulting artworks are much more than just the sum of their constituent parts or factual interpretations of particular events and personalities; rather, they are sincere and emotional meditations on love, loss, spirituality, and ultimately, healing.
Born in 1972, Robleto received his BFA in 1997 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Solo exhibitions include those at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. His artwork has been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.
Alloy of Love is curated by Elizabeth Dunbar, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, Tex., and organized by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in collaboration with the Frye Art Museum. It is coordinated for the Frye by Robin Held, chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections.