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Robert Chambers. John John, 2008. Two 1937 Depression Era John Deere tractors, steel, paint. 96 x 288 x 84 inches. Robert Chambers working on John John. 2008.
Robert Chambers. John John, 2008. Two 1937 Depression Era John Deere tractors, steel, paint. 96 x 288 x 84 inches.
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Robert Chambers working on John John. 2008.
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Robert Chambers

In the FWM's New American Voices exhibition, Chambers exhibited the piece Orbit Egg, a large, white pod made from gel-coated fiberglass; Shore Cottage – Eight Bubbles, a concept drawing for a work of giant inflated balloons installed along the seashore in Arcadia National Park, as well as one of the actual balloons used in the performance; and John John, a pair of identical Great Depression era John Deere tractors welded facing together by their hoods.
 
His sculptures often contain an element of cheerful absurdity, as well as nods to Dada readymades: Rotorelief (2002) is a modified, working helicopter whose features he exaggerated to the point where it has become flightless. He has also modeled monumentally-scaled sculptures after the molecular structures of gases, such as Propane (2008) and Ethanol (2003), to construct forms which also playfully resemble the forms of animals or multi-headed mythological creatures.

Bio
Born 1958. Lives and works as a sculptor in Miami, Florida.
Robert Chambers has been a prominent figure in the development on the local art community. The grandson of a well-known biophysicist, and the son of a cell research scientist and a sculptor, Chambers’ process and artwork are deeply influenced by scientific methods. However, he counters the stringency of scientific practice via the lightheartedness with which he interprets the world and his art.