There’s now less than a fortnight left before the next show at the Red Bull House of Art. Artist Kela Robinson, who was one of the Round 3 artists, looks back fondly on her Red Bull experience and is looking forward to the Round 4 show. “I go there [to the House of Art] every couple of weeks. I’m excited because it’s a lot of painting,” Robinson said of the work in progress she has seen on her visits.
Robinson, whose day job is as a barista at Starbucks, drank a lot of Red Bull while she was at the House of Art. “But I try to avoid caffeine, it makes me jittery,” Robinson admitted. Although she worked at a fast pace in the time leading up to the Round 3 opening, she did not complete a painting of her roommate David Mello titled Half-Light. But now that the painting is done, she exhibited it a Midtown gallery for a few days in March.
Robinson has some advice for future Red Bull artists. “Get a lot of work done, start early, don’t procrastinate,” Robinson said. She “would try to go [to the House of Art] on my days off” from Starbucks to work on her paintings for the show, she recalled. She has a puggle humorously named Coney Dog, but like Bryan Baker with his collie, she would seldom bring the dog to the House of Art. “He gets into everything,” Robinson said.
Robinson is not resting on her laurels as she gets ready for her thesis show at the College for Creative Studies (CCS). She plans “to stay in the area for the foreseeable future,” and even if she does move away, will continue to keep in touch with her Red Bull colleagues.
According to the gallery’s page on Facebook, the Round 4 opening reception is scheduled for April 12, a night that is shaping up to be jam-packed with events (such as an opening at Whitdel Arts). The date for Robinson’s thesis show at CCS has not been set yet, but Robinson believes it will be before May.