Robert Hitzeman was born in Pheonix Arizona and spent most of his early life in Southern California. In 2010 Robert graduated with a BFA in Sculpture and Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in California, USA. During and after this time he worked as a fabricator and foundry technician for Stoller Studio and for the Artist David Middlebrook for several years. In 2012 he graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design’s MA Fine arts program. He currently lives and produces work in London, UK and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in The United States and Europe.
During His Course at Chelsea College in 2012 Robert was commissioned to build Tetchen Bolt, a large outdoor Sculpture for The National Sculpture Prize competition, in Barnstaple, North Devon. He recently co-curated Open Work, alongside the artist Mohammad Namazi and curator Emily Purser at The Albert, An Arts and community space re-imagined by WHAT IF: Projects. Robert’s work has been included in several Exhibitions in the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe such as the Synethesia, Curated by Gabrielle Cooper as well as Hot One Hundred co-curated by Ismail Erbil & Patrick Michalopoulos, currently on display at the Schwartz gallery in Hackney Wick.
Roberts practice looks to issues of decay and excess through the interpretation of sculptural materials as a form of time based medium, in a state between becoming and undoing, examining the conditions the warrant these designations. Looking to sculpture as a blurring of materials with the actions taken out on them, his work looks to the making/ unmaking process often through the use of materials associated with DIY culture, questioning the social associations of these materials. Projects usually stem from a study of biological cycles and anatomical functions which affect the building of works conceptually and physically. Often delineating from this mode of thinking the work ends up in a realm of fantasy retaining only fragments of the source narrative. There is a focus on materials and process in the work but it is informed by an understanding of systems and structures changing over time and how these sometimes counter Ideas about permanence and preservation.
WHEN AND WHERE
Schwartz Gallery Hot 100
Schwartz Gallery, 92 White Post Lane, Ground floor, Building 2, London, E9 5EN
Exhibition dates: 17/07/13 – 03/08/13
Summer Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm
First Thursdays late opening: Thursday 1st August