Nathaniel Robinson, Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 15 × 22".

Nathaniel Robinson, Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 15 × 22".

Nathaniel Robinson

Devening Projects

In “The Sensible Range,” his 2013 exhibition at Chicago’s Devening Projects, Nathaniel Robinson offered up an installation of simplified vernacular sculptures. Last year, in his exhibition at New York’s Magenta Plains, “No One’s Things,” he deployed scale shifts and graphic color to highlight the uncanny in the shapes of disposable cups, a milk jug, and a pup tent. Robinson’s most recent exhibition at Devening Projects was straightforwardly titled “Paintings” and marked a departure from deftly crafted trompe l’oeil objects to representational paintings. Even in this shift, Robinson proved adept at extracting a complex range of sentiments from unspectacular things. He culled the imagery in all twelve new canvases from train trips he took between New York City and his home in Brewster, New York. Each horizontal composition is bereft of human figures, instead framing a landscape of set-back

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