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 Post subject: Gallery @ DNA Presents Kelvin Robertson
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:42 pm 

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June 19, 2009



Dance New Amsterdam
Amanda Szeglowski

(212) 625-8369 x226


Kelvin Robertson

DNA Drawings

July 23 - August 30, 2009

(New York, NY) - Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is pleased to present DNA
Drawings, an exhibition of new work by Australian artist Kelvin
Robertson. The collection of drawings created from months of observance
will be exhibited July 20-August 30 in DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery at 280
Broadway (entrance at 53 Chambers). This Exhibit has been funded in part
by a grant from New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick through
the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

An opening reception will be held at DNA on Thursday, July 23rd from

DNA's Gallery Hours are 9am - 9pm Monday - Sunday

There is no charge for admission to the exhibit.

Artist Statement

These works are about looking... about looking at dancers... feeling
their presence... the magic... the authority and grace of their
movement... striving to capture this... dynamic expression of human
form... in line and colour... in drawing and painting...

-Kelvin Robertson

About the Artist

Born in 1953, Kelvin Robertson studied at The National Art School
Sydney. In 1981 he won the Peter Brown Memorial Scholarship to The New
York Studio School. He returned to Sydney in 1983 with a desire to draw
life through art. At the invitation of Brian Syron, he worked with
performing artists at City Acting Studio, drawing at classes and
rehearsals. Later that year he held his first solo exhibition at The All
Nations Club.

In 1987 Kelvin was invited to draw classes and rehearsals at the Sydney
Dance Company. He continued this until he moved to New York in 2008.
>From 1992 until 1997, he drew The Australian Ballet. He was then invited
by Edward Villella to spend three months each year drawing the Miami
City Ballet. Paul Taylor invited Kelvin to work at his Dance Company
from 2006 to 2008. He began drawing at Dance New Amsterdam earlier this

Kelvin Robertson has had over 20 solo exhibitions in various commercial
art galleries and Government run art centers, including - The Queensland
Performing Arts Gallery, The Victorian Arts Center Melbourne, Casula
Powerhouse Arts Center - in Australia. In Miami he had a major
exhibition, 'Miami City Ballet Drawings' at the Miami City Ballet
Gallery in 2002. In 2008 he did a site specific installation Alice In
Wonderland at the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

The work in DNA is both a continuation and a further development of all
the work he has done with performing artists. He has introduced a new
approach to color in his drawings from life by manipulating photos of
black and white DNA drawings and then turning them into color photo copy
enlargements. During the Paul Taylor installation, Kelvin stopped
framing his work. Directly onto the wall, he has put photo copy
enlargements of his drawings as well as sheet music of one of his songs
and a graffiti page that included irreverent scribbling such as Robert
Rauschenberg Can't Draw, Jasper Johns Sux, Anne Loves Dicky and Alison
is getting married. Having been a professional musician as a teenager,
Kelvin has found a way of combining his prolific song writing with his
vast body of work in drawing and painting and is currently writing a
Dance Opera to be called Pictures at an Exhibition. Kelvin Robertson
sees the Dance New Amsterdam exhibition as part of his life long
commitment to exploring Life through Art.

Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is proud to celebrate its 25th year as an
agent of experimentation for New York City dance arts. Since 1984 DNA
has been dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence in dance
performance, education and creative/administrative services. An
incomparable resource, DNA's 25,000 square foot facility is a pioneer
infrastructure for the performing arts by housing both a professional
theater and education center - cultivating dance in all its forms and
guiding dancers through the various stages of their career. DNA provides
valuable opportunities for the aspiring, emerging and established
artist, including classes, artistic residencies, and studio and
administrative office subsidies. DNA also commissions new choreographic
works and presents a year-round performance season of fully produced
dance works and world premieres. Founded in NoHo and originally known
as Dance Space Center, DNA changed its name in 2005 and relocated to 280
Broadway shortly thereafter. The state-of-the-art facilities include a
professional 130-seat theater, six studios, a wellness program, two
galleries and a reception space. DNA was the first not-for-profit arts
organization to move to Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and plays a critical
role as an asset for the dance community, as well as a renewing force in
downtown Manhattan's cultural landscape.

DNA's 2009 Season is made possible with DNA program revenue along with
generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Mertz
Gilmore Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state
agency; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a city

For more information and press inquires please contact Amanda
Szeglowski, Manager of Public Relations & Corporate Development at
212.625.8369 ext. 226 or visit

Photos available upon request.


Amanda Szeglowski

Manager of Corporate Development

and Public Relations

Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd Floor

(entrance on Chambers)

New York, NY 10007

212.625.8369 x226

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