Mr Robin Tarbet
School: School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Position: Senior Lecturer, Foundation Studies in Art & Design (Fine Art)
Robin Tarbet (born 1981, UK) studied at the Royal College of Art and is an artist and lecturer based in London. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art teaching on Foundation Studies at Kingston University, and a Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art at Norwich University College of Art and Design. Tarbet's work combines two–dimensional media, photography, printmaking and live film with three-dimensional sculptural assemblages. Whilst showing in many group exhibitions ranging from the Hayward Gallery to the London Underground network, his ongoing series of live installations entitled 'Monitored Landscape Series' was exhibited as part of EAST International in 2009, and then toured in 2010 to be his first International Solo exhibition at Trafo Gallery in Budapest. Current projects in 2012 include 'Tomorrow's World' an ongoing collaboration with Artist Dave Evans which started in Manchester Rogue studios project space - which is now in it's second edition at Project Number in NE London.
Robin Tarbet's practice is concerned with the physical materiality of everyday technology, and he approaches familiar consumer products from a wondrous and inquiring perspective. Aesthetically he examines the architectural and conceptual similarities of the built environment to the increasingly technological yet mysterious worlds within. His work questions the stuff that is concealed on the inside of a computer, or whether there is anything to find behind the façade of the television screen. As far as searching for answers or technical understanding his approach deliberately adopts the material function of failure, inefficiency, and he utilizes the resistance of the objects in providing any new knowledge that can be applied. Tarbet's aim is not to reveal any secrets, but his curiosity is with uncovering an often eclectic and mysterious collection of real bits and pieces that with few visible moving parts or automated actions, work together to create the products desired function. It is with this real stuff that his own fascination with perceived reality, illusion and the unusual effects of scale and perspective combine. As an artist he substitutes his precise lack of mundane understanding with the notion of play, imagination and the potential for what could be, rather than what is.
Teaching areas & responsibilities
Fine Art, specializing in printmaking and sculpture.
Educational and professional qualifications
- 2006MA Fine Art The Royal College of Art, London
- 2004BA(Hons) Fine Art Norwich School of Art & Design
2012: Imprint - Kingston University Platform Gallery (London)
2011 - Present: Tomorrow's World and ongoing collaboration artist Dave Evans.
2010 - Indirect Land – Solo Show at Trafo Gallery (Budapest)
2009: Paper City: Urban Utopias group exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts - (London)
2009 - Grants for the Arts – Individual Lottery Grant for Monitored Landscape Series
2009: Selected for EAST International at Norwich University College of Art - (Norwich)
2007- Monitored Landscape No.9 – Solo Show at Outpost Gallery (Norwich)
2006 - 2007: Awarded the Stanley Picker Tutorship in Fine Art (Print) at Kingston University.
Tarbet, Robin [Artist] (2016) Orange buckets, Wylfa Nuclear Power Station. In: Carpenter, Ele, (ed.) The nuclear culture source book. London, U.K. : Black Dog Publishing. pp. 092-092. ISBN 9781911164050