EVERY RECORD EVERYWHERE IS PLAYING OUR SONG RIGHT NOW
10 March – 21 April 2001
For artist Dario Robleto, the culture of popular music is pivotal to his work. In particular the concept of sampling, a term etymologically linked with the emergent DJ & Hip-Hop cultures of the 1980s & 1990s, provides the literal & philosophical wellspring of material for the artist.
What sampling in music affords is the combination, endlessely indeed, of recycled sounds, snippets, phrasings, and lyrical concepts. What had been old and discarded is once again made vital; its prior life informs its current meaning. In Robletoʼs art, objects that existed in one state and for one purpose have been transformed, either in bits or in total, into new objects that rely on the associations with their partsʼprior existence for meaning and purpose.
- Todd Smith, curator of American Art
Extract from the catalogue "I Love Everything RockʼnʼRoll (except the music)", New Frontiers, Mint Museum of Art