Fundraising Campaign for Robert Tombs: Factory

Robert Tombs: Factory, Installation

Help support an Indiegogo campaign to print the artist’s publication Robert Tombs: Factory

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Please consider supporting the creation of a unique artist’s publication. Between 2007 and 2024, artist Robert Tombs created a series of unusual installations and related works, under the rubric, The Morality of Paint. Between February 3 and April 12, 2024, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, in Almonte, Ontario, a National Historic Site, presented these works under the title Robert Tombs: Factory. Each of the works explicitly, or allusively, referred to methods, materials and meaning of painting.

Robert Tombs is an Ottawa-based artist, designer and arts administrator. In Robert Tombs: Factory, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s Executive Director/Curator, Michael Rikley-Lancaster, presented this noteworthy seventeen-year survey exhibition of Tombs’s painted installation in which 43 individual works, spread over 18 suites, were expressed in silver gelatin and Giclée prints, three videos, three watercolours, acrylic and oil paintings, installations, and sculpture. The exhibition catalogue will also include photographic documentation of installations in Brigus, Newfoundland; Erfurt, Germany; Kingston, Ontario; and Paris, France.

The publication is being designed by Tombs, who has extensive experience as a graphic designer in academic publishing and through working collaboratively with artists and art galleries in the creation of printed matter, exhibitions and web sites. In 2015, the travelling retrospective Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985–2015 was organized by the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University and opened at the Owens in October 2015, and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in December 2015. Tombs was also Senior Designer at Cornell University Press from 1999 to 2003. At the very least, the publication will be a conceptually-dynamic and beautifully-crafted artist-made book.

Robert Tombs, Colour Theory: von Luschan’s Chromatic Scale (2024)

Tombs, also President of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, has received 43 arts awards to date and his work is included in a number of public collections including Artexte, Canada Council Art Bank, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, National Gallery of Canada Library, New Brunswick Art Bank, Winnipeg Art Gallery, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Columbia University, Yale University, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Angermuseum Erfurt, and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

There will be an introduction by Michael Rikley-Lancaster, and a 3600-word essay by artist/writer Marina Roy. Roy, whose practice is cross-disciplinary, with a focus on drawing, painting, animation and writing, is a suitable observer of Tombs’s career as she has written two essays on his work, “Mineral Intelligence and the Morality of Paint” (2011) and “Tombs Gothic” (2015). Roy is also Associate Professor of Visual Arts in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.

This 96-page softcover publication, with a sewn open binding, will be beautifully printed on Munken uncoated Polar White paper, a premium paper. The uncoated smooth surface of Munken Polar, with its crisp white shade, enhances images and has an exclusive, yet very natural feel. Munken paper is produced in Munkedal, a village 100 km north of Gothenburg, Sweden. Munken was founded in 1871 and has always has always enjoyed a close relationship with its natural settings on Sweden’s rugged west coast. The mill is today one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly paper mills and practices sustainable production on a daily basis. would be a beautiful addition to any library and will notably be launched in 2025 during the exhibition concept / Konzept / concetto in Switzerland, which Tombs is co-curating with Zurich-based artist Hanga Séra, a practitioner of video, photography, performance, installation and architecture.

The experimental video Autobiography was launched during Factory.

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