Six Questions

Six Questions: Evan Robarts

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Evan Robarts.

Artist Evan Robarts
Lives in New York, NY

How do you describe your own art practice?

The majority of my process happens outside the studio. I’m constantly collecting, recording, and sketching detritus in urban areas which will then collapses into a visual language later on. I lean more towards non-representational forms that build on current events or books I find myself reading.

Evan Robarts
Untitled Constellation, 2021

Found balls, broken broom & mop sticks, clipped bike lock, bungee cord in fence.

72 x 84 x 6 in

Which question or theme is central in your work?

The interplay of materials asks fundamental questions regarding existence and consumer culture. What is man’s relationship to his community, himself, and the planet?

Evan Robarts
Fountain. 2020

Found basketball backboard, rebar

74 x 66 x 40

What was your first experience with art?

As a child, I have vivid memories of making drawings on paper which brought me into elevated emotional states. Those moments became a main sale in my life and set a trajectory for me interests moving forward. 

Evan Robarts
Phase Transition, 2019

Exhumed gas cylinders, steel hardware

52 × 57 × 53 in

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Clipped bike locks, deflated balls, exhumed gas canisters, and broken broomsticks and scaffolding are a few of the things that fascinate me. I see them as abandoned spirits, the cast-offs of society.

Evan Robarts
Untitled, Detritus. 2020

Charcoal and soft pastel on canvas 

74 x 74 in

What do you need in order to create your work?

Technically I feel satiated just drawing in my notebook but yes, there are times when I want to tumble objects around in a physical space. I often go through significant stretches of time with no studio so it’s not really a necessity carved into stone. To answer your question though that’s what it would be – a designated space like a studio where I can disconnect from the world and give my self to my work. 

Evan Robarts
Newspeak no.1. 2017

Newspaper racks on wall

58 x 41 x 13 in

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Re-discovering Purvis Young’s drawings have been a wave I’m still riding. I grew up in South Florida so there’s a lot of nostalgia for me when I see all the moments and energy he’s channeling.

Evan Robarts
Scaffold Painting no.36. 2019

Scaffold frames, paint on wall

Approximately 60 x 60 x 4 in

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