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Exit 938, 2016
Carved, collaged EXIT signs
14 3/8 x 15 1/2"
These are scraped and collaged EXIT signs watching their own transformation into what that "safe" place is beyond this ubiquitous sign.
*This piece is included in the Opening Night Collection.
Robert Seng was born and raised in Seattle and lived up and down the West Coast, before finishing his BFA (painting) at University of Washington. A MFA from Central Washington Univ. in painting followed that. He started a very successful art installation company in Seattle (Artech) to support his art career, but sold his interest and moved to New York in 1986. He worked at the Guggenheim Museum for 15 years as an art handler/installer while he continued his painting. He also taught sculpture at Fairfield University, CT 1996-2001. He moved into more 3-D work in the early 1990's, and then into site-specific installation work with his partner Lisa Hein. Together they have made more than 40 installations together (http://heinseng.com). All the while he maintained his own separate practice, and since 1997 has carved, scraped, and collaged over 900 EXIT sign drawings (http://bobseng.com). These have become viewing records of EXIT signs watching their own disintegration and transformation into what that "safe" place is beyond this ubiquitous sign. These have been shown throughout the country, but recently in Brooklyn at Centotto, at Odetta, in Chelsea NY. And most recently solo show at Long Island University, in downtown Brooklyn (2020), and various venues for Grand Flag, in Brooklyn (2021).