Born in Baltimore,
Robert Marbury began his artistic career as an actor in a John
Waters’ film. Appropriately,
Marbury has continued to use film, video and photography to become
a contemporary explorer of popular culture. Trained as both an
anthropologist and an artist, he synthesizes the methodology of
both disciplines to address each project. Marbury’s projects
range from documenting a former Aboriginal trade route in Australasia
to discovering the origins of stuffed animal toys tied to the grills
of truck in US cities.
Through his Urban Beast Project, Marbury alludes to the plates,
prints and paraphernalia of gentleman explorers to classify, categorize
and comprehend an imaginary world of feral city dwelling animals.
Marbury also co-founded the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists,
which is an international organization dedicated to the shared
mandate to advocate the showmanship of oddities; espouse the belief
in natural adaptation and mutation; and encourage the desire to
create displays of curiosity.
By blurring the boundaries of authentic and fake, between representation
and parody, Marbury attempts to bring our faith in knowledge into
question, hopefully allowing for glimpse of wonder in an otherwise