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Robert Bordo in conversation with Nicholas John Jones

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Robert Bordo, The know-it -all,  2015,  45"x55" oil on canvas


Journey and exploration have been significant themes in the paintings of New York based artist Robert Bordo, and so as he travels to Norway for the first time, PRAKSIS and LNM find it fitting to present an introduction to his practice.

Robert Bordo's work stems from a range of personal and theoretical narratives inspired by the physical, emotional and political environments he inhabits. His practice is an act of rediscovery and investigation, seeking for imagery to communicate poignant allegory thorough metaphor and symbol, while process and materiality converse with notions of formalism that largely stem from late modernism.

Since the mid-1980s, Robert Bordo’s work has been exhibited extensively and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Highlights include shows at Bortolami Gallery, MoMA PS1 and the Brooklyn Museum (all New York); the Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel, and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Collections in which his work features include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Awards and fellowships he has received include the 2014 Robert de Niro Sr. Painting Prize, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. As Associate Professor of Art he led the Cooper Union’s painting program from 1996 until 2017.

This conversation with Robert Bordo about his practice is free to attend and takes place as part of his three week stay in Oslo as one of the lead residents (alongside Robert Holyhead) on PRAKSIS's thirteenth residency, Painting Project: Out Looking Inwards.

Bordo will be in conversation with PRAKSIS’s Founding Director, Nicholas John Jones, before opening up to include the audience. Jones is as an artist, curator, and occasional arts writer. He studied Fine Art Painting, with an MFA from the Slade School of Art, London, and a BA (Hons.) from Wimbledon School of Art, London. His work has been shown internationally including at RH Contemporary, New York; APT London, (2014); Lion+Lamb, London; Gowen Contemporary, Genève; Standpoint, London; the National University of Ireland, Galway; and Dahan Gallery, Hangzhou. Collections that feature his work include Simmons & Simmons, London. Jones has written for magazine including Artforum International and FiskFrisk.

Residency 13, Painting Project: Out Looking Inwards is held in collaboration with LNM (The Norwegian Painters Society). For more information on the residency please click here.


PRAKSIS and LNM offer thanks to OCA (Office for Contemporary Art Norway) for providing the use of their apartment at Ekely – enabling the participation of an increased number of international residents.


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