Peter Robinson’s new exhibition Notations operates on a sliding scale between vulnerability and cynicism. The exhibition consists of rapid-fire sculptural constructions made from simple industrial materials including scrap metal, rags, broken chairs and paint buckets. Although unsettling because of its chaotic structure and rawness this new work is consistent with the stark aesthetic of Robinson’s practice in recent years.
Robinson embraces uncertainty as a source of generative potential and welcomes diverse interpretations of his artworks. A possible reading of this installation might conceive it as an informed spatial investigation that suggests environmental catastrophe and political revolt. Alternatively, the exhibition might be viewed as a loaded site that tests the threshold of what can and cannot be considered as legitimate and sincere.
Companion Pieces, with Ava Seymour, Sydney, Sydney, Peter Robinson, Fieldwork, CoCA Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art, New Zealand, 2018; Schisms, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; After Party, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, 2017; Neologisms, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2015; SYNTAX, Artspace, Auckland, 2015; Recreation Centre, Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2015; Pair et lmpair, Galerie Emmanuel Herve, Paris, 2014; Tribe Subtribe, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, 2013; Cuts and Junctures, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2013; The Influence of Anxiety, The Centre for Drawing Project Space, London, 2010; Polymer Monoliths, Artspace, Sydney and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2009; Line Works, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2008.
A distant relative, Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington, 2019; The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9), QAGOMA, Brisbane, 2018; Politics of Sharing-On Collective Wisdom, ifa-Gallerie, Berlin, 2016; Neither Forward nor Back: Acting in the Present, Jakarta Biennial, Indonesia, 2015; The Piranesi Effect, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014; Mom, am I a barbarian?, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, 2013; All our relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2012; De-Building, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 2011; Three Colours: Gordon Bennett and Peter Robinson, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2004.Artist’s profile