Liminal Stages

Robert Maloney


In his multilayered installations, Maloney utilizes the vocabulary of the urban landscape as a framework for fragmented thoughts and ideas to be suspended onto. He is interested in the way that our memories and experiences accumulate and decline over time and how this retention of data affects each one of us in very different ways. In this body of work, time lapse ink portraits accumulate and dissolve into the layers of architectural detritus. We struggle to make out the features embedded in the surfaces the same way that we excavate the memories of the individuals and dwellings of our past.


Robert Maloney is an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our man-made, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory. His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media (North Light Books), Art Revolution (North Light Books) and Artscope Magazine and his work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections. Recently his public art project to replace the missing signage on the Haffenreffer Brewery smokestack was permanently installed in Jamaica Plain.