Tony Robbin was born in Washington, D.C in 1943. He is an author and artist. His focus is mainly sculpture, painting and computer visualizations. He is also part of a movement called the Pattern and Decoration art movement. With over 25 exhibitions for his artwork and over 100 shared exhibitions, Tony became more well known. By 1974 he debuted his work in the Whitney Museum of American Art. He created an application of Quasicrystal geometry to architecture and was given a patent for his work in this field. He has become a leader with the work in four-dimensional geometry in computer visualization.
Utilizing technology, Tony produced digital prints which help him satisfy his idea of “Many spaces in the same place at the same time.” He wanted distinct overlays that gave his 3D effect a little more edge to it. This is his strategy for visualizing the fourth dimension which he has attempted for years.
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Higher dimensional space is the goal in which Tony tries to reach in all of his work. The layering and placement of clean-cut, precise lines gives you a visual rollercoaster ride. Along with his lining, the contrasting colors and overlays help give more dimension to each of his pieces of work. Each piece gives you this trippy feeling of falling into eternal space. Rhombus’, hexagons, and cubes are used to give you this sense of space within his photograph that makes you want to reach inside and touch that one cube that seems so far away from you, while not having the one jumping off the page hit you in the face. It messes with your mind.
I think that Tony’s work has more of an impact with his sculpture and digital prints. While his paintings are aesthetically pleasing, they do not give the same depth effect I think he is trying to capture. I think his paintings and drawings do not pop out as much and I would prefer a sculpture piece with his dimensional use or a digital piece that has the ability to be morphed and distorted to tease your brain. What makes his work strong is his use of placement and angles. It teases and confuses the eye and makes something look like something it’s not.
Here is a link to his website which takes you to his artwork, essays, books and even films: