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 honest.

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.