Artist Talk: Robert Perkins

October 25, Thursday, 7 p.m.

This event is presented in connection with the exhibit Robert Perkins: Every Day.

Robert Perkins’ tri-partite installation in the South Gallery explores the human desire for transcendence.

Born in Boston and classically educated at Milton Academy and Harvard University, Perkins received an MFA from Bennington College in 2004. He regards his true education as having begun during his nineteenth year, which he spent on Bowditch Hall, the men’s locked ward at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. The trauma of this experience has informed his work to the present day.

Perkins follows the tenets of Social Practice, an art medium focusing on engagement through human interaction and social discourse. His combination of images, whether in film or on canvas, his storytelling, and his commitment to community building find expression through his ability to create unexpected beauty in, with, and from unlikely places and people.