'EDGELAND: THE UNSAYABLE BEING (said over and over)'
- a response to NZ Poet Laureate David Eggleton
16 October - 14 November
"This is the 4th response show in association with David Eggleton’s poetry. I’ve been a fan for over 20 years. In the last 10 years we’ve collaborated a few times. David and I are both Dunedin based, widely travelled, with a staunch ‘do it ya self’, independent, highly personal process that is balanced somewhere in the old model of participatory Democracy of sovereign citizen Artist. Having said that iconoclastic, idiosyncratic and fun, creative intelligent magics is our human ‘land’ which we authorise because we live our own lives, create our own media, are responsible for that story-sharing to be ‘edged’ out of our very selves is not an option.
I consider myself a ‘war time’ Artist. Otherwise we are just 5G Robot global corporate in mates. Language/thinking aloud is a place for the possibility of Dream to open beyond mind and linear modular metric social coding. I’m passionate about the purpose and function of a whole human spiritual Being which my work attempts to express and you can make what you will of that. The ‘Romantic’ tradition, the DADA movement, the South Island, the ‘Aotearoavian’ as Chris Knox coined it, is the country I want to live in and work with. " James Robinson
James Robinson was born in Christchurch in 1972 and currently lives in Port Chalmers. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Otago School of Fine Arts in 2000, Diploma in Art and Craft, Hungry Creek School of Art and Craft, 1996 and Foundation in Fine Art, Nelson Polytechnic, 1990. Robinson is a mid-career New Zealand artist having exhibited for the past 20 years in private and public galleries nationally and internationally. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Wallace Art residency in New York. In 2008 he was artist in residence at McCahon House, Titirangi and resident artist at Tylee Cottage, Whanganui. In 2019 he won People’s Choice award at the Parkin Award exhibition in Wellington with In and Out, a large work from his Pyramid series.
The work that Robinson creates holds no prisoners. It is immediate, raw, full of emotion and gutsy. However, it is also considered and has degrees of subtlety. Robinson uses everything at his disposal in his work: wood, shells, pages from books, cutlery and concrete. He burns, rips, stitches, glues and binds. The work is dynamic and sculptural, almost a living, breathing entity. It is powerful and incredibly honest. No images can show Robinson's work faithfully. It needs to be experienced in person.