ROBERT HORNSBY


Robert Hornsby

(photo by Barbara Alper)

Robert Hornsby is a writer, performer and fine artist, based in New York City, who has exhibited nationally and internationally. His sculpture has been shown in many non-profit and commercial galleries in Chicago and New York, and he has created installation art as well. One notable series of sculptures, "The Games," that examines the themes of game-playing and chance using sexually explicit images, has been exhibited in New York and Chicago. Another series, "Monoliths," which was comprised of a dozen Stonehenge-inspired handmade concrete megaliths, was exhibited at Chicago's Navy Pier and later in Dallas, Texas.   
His 1997 installation "Flystrips," became infamous for its shocking combination of commercial fly-catching strips and images culled from Internet pornography. "Flystrips" was produced for the international photography exhibition Fotofies '97 by invitation of the head curator and was first seen in The Arches of Glasgow, Scotland, causing a sensation in the Scottish press. "Flystrips" was later shown in New York City. In 1999, Hornsby created a multimedia installation piece "Anniversary" that examined the North American legend of Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) in Texas thorough drawings, sculpture and performance.  "Anniversary" debuted in New York City at Debs Gallery and was the premiere exhibition at the re-opening of the Fort Worth Public Library in the town where he was raised as a child.    
In the late 1990s, he transitioned into performance art, appearing in the vibrant coffee house reading and open-mike scene in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.  At the same time, he was a recurring guest, a story-telling performer, as part of the Moonworks© cabaret theater collective.  He also writes short stories and produces the blog "Simplify" (http://simplifime.wordpress.com/).      
Hornsby holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters Degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the former exhibitions director of the Aperture Foundation's Burden Gallery for photographic art.  Previously, Hornsby served as the managing editor of publishing and exhibition director for the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Art and Design) in New York. Even earlier, he was a curator for the Illinois Arts Council, a state government agency, where he managed the creation and publicity of art exhibitions, along with their appearance at multiple museums throughout the state. He lives and works in Manhattan.
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