Jimmy Robert

CUBITT Gallery | Studios | Education

Comprising several collages, all named Untitled (Figure de style), Jimmy Robert’s show—the first in this city by the Guadeloupe-born, London-educated, Brussels-based artist—was an exercise in elegance. Meaning either a literary trope or a sequence of dance steps—and, in fact, Robert’s work deftly weaves these terms together as form and reference—the exhibition (titled “Figure de style” as well) also included several constructions that verged on small-scale sculptural installations, and an opening performance, subsequently presented as a looping video on a monitor greeting visitors to the gallery. For that event, Robert—seated on a few pieces of white construction paper placed on the floor—invited attendees to approach him one by one and remove a piece of masking tape from the many that covered his upper body like a T-shirt. While they did so, he gradually recited short quotations from

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