American, b. 1968
Lives and works in San Francisco, California and Chicago, Illinois
Rob Craigie’s diverse art practice investigates a wide range of interests and forms with a highly individualized lens. Utilizing sculpture, drawing, video, painting, and installation, Craigie delves into observing, recording and categorizing the phenomenology of his personal experience—constantly molding life into art. Craigie works to connect the conceptual dots and present a cohesive system of perceptual organization.
A consummate archivist for whom collecting is an essential creative device, Craigie’s Collection: A Way is an installation comprised of found items and sculptural works laid out for the visitor’s inspection, including rocks, marbles, honeybees, yearbook photographs, paint factory color match cards, postage stamps, and a VHS tape of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. These and other items are complimented by a series of short video projections that add a narrative dimension to the objects on view. Entering Craigie’s universe, visitors are invited to study his diverse artistic practice, forging new connections among the various pieces of a puzzle about transformation, death, rebirth, and discovery.
Craigie’s work is in the collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Bronx Museum, NY; and di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA, among others. He has been featured in Artforum, Artweek, Sculpture magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.