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Robin Winters

Tyler Gallery

The territory explored in this two-part installation, Leaning Missives/Floating Vessels, 1988, was the playground of the imagination. The missives, black-ink drawings on sheets of 8-by-6-inch galvanized tin, were installed in the gallery’s small entry space, arranged in two evenly spaced sets of 10 and one of 16 and set on shallow, eye-level ledges that traversed three of the room’s walls. The drawings depicted elements from Robin Winter’s familiar pictographic repertoire—quickly rendered, quasi-primitive images of maps, heads, and human or animal figures. While the rows of drawings could have been pages from a thematically unified book, they weren’t intended to convey a cohesive narrative; rather, they built up meaning by way of association and subjective reference, functioning more like postcards from a realm of possible shared fantasy. The backs of the drawings were each painted a bright

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