Published by Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Edited with text by Michael Metzger. Text by Robert M. Brain, Daniel K.L. Chua, Patrick Feaster, Stefan Helmreich, Elizabeth A. Kessler, et al.
The prints, sculptures and films of Houston-based artist Dario Robleto (born 1972) explore the pathos and the speculative potential of scientific inquiry. Structured around three themes that run through Robleto’s art—heartbeats, wavelengths and horizons—this book traces his intertwined fascinations with the human heart and the cosmic boundaries of perception. Through contributions across the disciplines of musicology, anthropology, cardiology, engineering, history of science and art history, The Heart’s Knowledge offers an engaging companion to Robleto’s wide-ranging work. Richly illustrated with images, the volume includes selections from his 2017 portfolio The First Time, The Heart (A Portrait of Life 1854–1913), which transforms the pulse waves of early cardiography into a gallery of vanished souls, and the astral projections in such films as The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed (2020).
Published by Des Moines Art Center. Edited and text by Gilbert Vicario. Text by Naomi Oreskes, Michelle White.
Survival Does Not Lie in the Heavens looks at Dario Robleto’s ingenious adaptations of nineteenth-century folk traditions to explore mortality and memorialization. Robleto’s sculptural objects use the model of the folksy mantelpiece keepsake—the elaborately framed photograph, the trophy, commemorative embroidery—and counter their traditionally saccharine, sentimental appeal with brilliant conceptual gestures. Thus, paper pulped from soldier’s letters home (from various wars) are repurposed to create a keepsake of silk, goldleaf and seashells; a homeopathic treatment for “Human Longing” includes medicine made from a ground-up recording of Sylvia Plath; and a framed memorial to Marie Louise Meilleur, who died at the aged of 117, includes hair lockets made of stretched audiotape recordings of other supercentarians. Throughout these works, Robleto’s concern is with the human management of death through objects, affirming that the task of survival takes place here on earth.
PUBLISHER Des Moines Art Center
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 7 x 9 in. / 120 pgs / 53 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/29/2012 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2012 p. 146
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781879003613TRADE List Price: $35.00 CDN $47.50 GBP £30.00
Published by Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Foreword by Adam J. Lerner. Text by Nora B. Abrams, Nathan E. Matlock.
Dario Robleto confronts the experience of war through its material remnants. Materials for his sculptures may include lead marbles used by Civil War soldiers, soldiers' letters to sweethearts and human bone dust. Robleto then expertly fashions these into improbably poignant, handmade objects such as a child's mourning dress, an audiotape and even a carafe of wine.
PUBLISHER Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 5.75 x 8.25 in. / 92 pgs / 35 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/30/2011 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 149
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781931867009TRADE List Price: $19.95 CDN $25.00