(b. San Antonio, Texas, USA, 1972).
Dario Robleto's previous show at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, Say Goodbye to Substance offers us a palimpsest of hand crafted assemblages and remodeled objects layered with meaning. It features past work and new commissions, presenting sculptural and photographic vignettes loaded with personal and historical references described in an accompanying text. Organized by Shamim M. Momin, Branch Director and Curator, this is the first solo exhibition at the Whitney at Altria to present a non-New York based artist.
Inspired by science, literature, politics, and music, Robleto employs an array of objects that reflect the fragmentary and heterogeneous state of contemporary culture. Applying DJ techniques of mixing and sampling to the visual art process, Robleto draws from a wide variety of materials (human bone, meteorite pieces, melted vinyl records, glass produced from nuclear test explosions) and sources (fame, love, space travel).
Born in 1972 in San Antonio, Texas, Dario Robleto received his B.F.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robleto currently lives in San Antonio and has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions including Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; ACME, Los Angeles, CA; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; and ArtPace, San Antonio, TX. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions at such venues as The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, NY; Gasworks, London, England; The Bronx Museum, NY, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Exit Art, NY, NY; and DiverseWorks, Houston, TX.
Curator Miki Garcia interviews Robleto in 2003 in New York City.