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Artist snapshot – Robbie Karmel

March 10, 2015

Robbie Karmel will be bringing a participatory sculptural work to You Are Here’s Ill Advised Night Out at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), Saturday 21 March from 11.30pm.

Describe your art.

Until recently it was all about drawing, but recently I’ve branched out into 3D work. I’ll be presenting a new sculptural experiment at YAH. I’m also taking a bit of time off from my usual conceptual visual art fare to do some traditional hand tool woodworking.

How long have you lived in Canberra?

I lived in Canberra until I was 25, then moved to Sydney to do my Masters at COFA. I’m back in Canberra every few weeks though.

What are you most excited about for your YAH event?

I’m pretty keen to see what everyone else brings to the overnight event at CMAG. It’s also the first time I’ll be presenting participatory sculptural work, so I’m excited to see how that pans out.

What was a highlight of 2014 for you in terms of your art?

Having my final MFA exhibition and the accompanying printed thesis-cum-catalog all come together. I’ll have a couple of copies of The Drawing of Bodies and Things at YAH so people can see what it was all about.

What’s your favourite Canberran coffee joint?

It’s all changed so much since I left, and I don’t really drink coffee. I’m really into the way Londsdale Street has taken off, but really when I’m in town I tend go to the member’s lounge at the National Gallery with my mum and grandma.

Check out Robbie’s work at his website or on Instagram.