JAMES ROBINSON

 

SUBDUCTION

16 November - 15 December 2018

This series of large collage panels began their journey in 2006 when Robinson was working towards the Giants, Saints, Monsters Exhibition.  Since then they have been reworked and remodelled into their current form.  They have been previously exhibited in Seed Gallery, Auckland and in Nova Scotia where they won a prestigious award.

Subduction is a geological process that takes place at the edges of tectonic plates where one plate moves under another.  This results in huge underwater landslides and tsunamis.  Robinson uses these incredible forces of nature as an analogy to what’s happening on a psychological level when he creates his artworks.  He is digging deep, stirring up memories from his past, bringing darkness into the light.  

The work is raw but composed with thought and care.  The paper is worked on physically: torn, scorched , layered and stitched.  Robinson uses symbolism and text as well as gestural mark making and drawing to convey meaning. The end result is an artwork created with a multitude of fragments and thoughts, that becomes greater than the sum of it’s parts.  The power and energy of Robinson’s art demands full attention from the viewer.  They are works to wrestle with and absorb over time

Robinson was born in Christchurch in 1972.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Otago School of Fine Arts in 2000.   In 2007 he was the Paramount Winner of the Wallace Art Awards. In Nelson Robinson had a Solo Exhibition at the Suter Art Gallery in 2010.  He has held prestigious residencies at the Sarjeant (Wanganui), the McCahon Trust (Auckland) as well as the William Hodges in Southland, and others in New York, Berlin and Melbourne.

 

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