Chico MacMurtrie / Amorphic Robot Works


ARW crew members during an installation of The Amorphic Landscape.
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Bruce Mulligan of ARW fabricating a piece of Growing, Raining Tree.
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About Chico and ARW:

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Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, kinetic installations, and interactive public sculpture. Graduated from UCLA (New Forms and Concepts) in 1987, he has exhibited widely in America, Europe, and Asia, and has received the support of many notable granting agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. His awards include five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the The Fundación Telefonica / Vida Life, CEC Artslink and Ars Electronica award.

Chico MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), a collective he founded in 1991, consisting of artists, scientists and engineers. Currently operating out of Brooklyn, New York, ARW is dedicated to the study and creation of movement as it is expressed in anthropomorphic and abstract robotic forms.

MacMurtrie has been working over the last years on his innovative, inflatable sculptures, which were exhibited in major museum shows and other international exhibitions, including: Machines and Souls, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2008), Synthetic Times: Media Art China, National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2008), Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh (solo show; 2009), Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2009), eArts Beyond, Shanghai (2009), Inflatable Architectural Body “Inner Space”, The National Gallery of Macedonia, Cifte Amam, Skopje (solo show; 2010), ZER01 San José Biennial (2010), Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA (solo show 2011), Totemobile, Cultural Capital Bethune, France and Todays Art Festival Den Haag (2011), Birds, Richard L. Nelson Gallery / UC Davis, CA (2011). Geo Homsy and Chico MacMurtrie and Bill Washabaugh are the winners of the Climate Clock Initiative to create a kinetic public sculpture for the City of San José, CA.


B.F.A. University of Arizona, 1983
M.F.A., New Forms and Concepts, UCLA, 1987

About ARW

Amorphic Robot Works is a collaborative group of artists, technicians, and programmers who create multi-faceted machine-sculptures that interact in their uniquely designed environments. The work involves a kinesthetic inquiry into the human condition, which has resulted in the creation of more than 250 mechanical sculptures that assume anthropomorphic and abstract forms. In the last ten years, ARW has expanded in many new and exciting directions, growing to encompass tours abroad, commissioned works, and robot-building workshops for children, while still emphasizing gallery exhibitions and the development of new pieces.

Over 60 crew members from ten countries have participated in creating the current tribe of machines known as The Amorphic Evolution. Without the help of our talented and hardworking collaborators the complex, large-scale endeavors of Amorphic Robot Works would not be possible. We would like also like to thank the many interns from local academic institutions, and those at-large, who have made lasting contributions, or who have remained involved the constantly moving and growing Amorphic Evolution.

Chico and all Amorphic Robot Works endeavors are currently based in his studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.