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Chris Robb: Physical Currency

Public Art, City of Orlando in partnership with Snap! Orlando present: Chris Robb : ‘Physical Currency’, a one person exhibition at the Terrace Gallery, Orlando City Hall.


A survey of Chris Robb’s work from the past decade offers a glimpse into his subconscious—a visual iconography that might seem random at first glance, but is actually quite controlled. When approaching Robb’s imagery, it is important to understand the self-imposed elements of control that allow him to take in information from the world around him and distill it into an end

result that is devoid of evidence of that source material. A physical process that is laid bare, ensuring purity. He offers up a physical currency, unique and authentic to his work and life, a body of work commanding the space without demanding anything of the viewer—proving his belief that something can be more beautiful when allowed to speak for itself.


Born in Berea, Ohio to an art teacher mother and Scottish immigrant father, Chris Robb has lived in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and now works and resides in Winter Park, Florida. Chris graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1980 and immediately moved to the vibrant 80’s art scene of the Lower East Side of New York. The first shows he participated in were group shows at the iconic Club 57 which also included works by Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and many others. Robb’s works have been showcased in numerous national exhibitions. His paintings and works on paper are held in private and public collections throughout the US and France. Robb is also a well known Creative Director and he has films in the permanent archive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Exhibition on view May 9 through Sept. 11, 2022


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