EEK-YA!; Gooooal!

Riley Robinson

Exhibition: Jan 27 – Apr 17, 2005

During a recent residency in Norway, Riley Robinson was struck by the national enthusiasm for, on the one hand, soccer, and, on the other, the furniture of the Swedish company IKEA. His WindowWorks project addresses the global reach of both the sport and the design firm. In EEK – YA! (at 445 North Main Street), an outsize blue cutout of IKEA’s iconic everyman offers an assembly guide to the four-foot-high particleboard soccer ball on display a few feet away. In Gooooal (at 306 E. Houston Street), Robinson has faced the walls of four storefront bays with Astroturf, creating an abstract playing field with the inscription of white center lines. Furthering the visual dialogue is the attenuated yell of a sports announcer: “Gooooal!” Like EEK – YA!, the piece beautifully elevates the commonplace.


Riley Robinson

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Robinson received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1994. The residency in Norway took place in 2004 at Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalssen, Dale i Sunnfjord. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Twang, Art Museum of Southwest Texas, Beaumont (2004); The Locker Show, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2004); Process, KIASMA Nykytaiteen Museo, Helsinki, Finland (2003); and 10 X 3 Ten Contemporary San Antonio Artists, San Antonio Museum of Art, TX (2002). He has been a recipient of the Art Matters Fellowship Grant, Art Matters, New York, NY; and the Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Assistance Award, Kansas City, MO.

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