THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
This exhibition includes work from two recent "away missions"
undertaken by James. One the abandoned maternity hospital in
Southland (William Hodges Residency) and Dunmoochin Foundation, St
Andrews, outside Melbourne, Australia.
The title (taken from Naomi Klien's book of the same name) is
how James processes Joseph Campbell's mythology and integrates it
into the demise of ecological systems as Klein has thoroughly
proven. The work is a response thats animal, immediate and
Langauge and art are the first bastion of consciousness as a
species. Art has a responsibility to "ring the bell" as much as
scientists, politicians and buisness people do to change course of
this "Titanic" we are living in.
Both residencies were accompanied by catalogues and essays by
poet writers Cilla McQueen and David Eggleton.
Alongside the main paintings there will be a large set of "black
and blue spells - for future ancestors" which are metaphysical
graphic cartoons - detailed diary miniatures that range from the
dark to the absurd and transcendent in subject.
Shortly after this show, James Robinson will be hosting an OPEN
STUDIO at 11 Grey Street, Port Chalmers to show other aspects of
the recent practice in association with MINT GALLERY... featuring a
large paper mural GATE (ancestor inside) and smaller contemplative
works. This will be 30 - 31 Nov and 1 Dec.