Robert Overby

(1935-1993, USA) was an artist who worked across post industrial and traditional materials, in the production of work which ranges from large scale architectural impressions, to paintings, to intimate cast works. Overby’s art manifests the index, absence, and trace of objects whose hard surface occupies our most passive quotidian existence. Building façades, doors, windows, staircases, and the ephemeral outline of a sock, from the cohesive experience of everyday, but un-observed life, Overby, with latex and paint, concrete and polyvinyl, rendered fragment representing the ruin of the real world. “Overby records surfaces,” says David Ramanelli, “the skins of buildings.”   Robert Overby was born in Harvey, Illinois and lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. Since his death in 1993, interest in Overby’s work has grown exponentially. Overby’s work is included the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.