James Robinson – EDGELAND – 18 Aug-11 Sept 2020
“EDGELAND is the name of David Eggleton’s last poetry volume, so I use this word as a beginning. The resonance in the ‘Edge’ and ‘Land’ are vast symbolically. Literally in the material of the craft I’ve languaged the edges, either spliced cut joined de-constructed and heated. David often masticates metaphor and symbol in cyclic ingestions, rendering an artist’s passionate juxtaposed palette. The synthesis of process is our individual own, and yet I feel a kinship in the visioning and characterisation, the NZILD geek urban, the nature mystic, the post-modern satirical dada idealogues of a maveric ‘perception management.’ All hail the soul! Poetry and art. For ‘tis to be human. We stand at the edge.” – James Robinson 17.8.20
James Robinson was born in Christchurch in 1972 and currently lives in Dunedin. 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 has exhibited regularly in private and public galleries both 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 was resident artist at Tylee Cottage, Whanganui later the same year. 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. His work is urgently thoughtful, honest and direct. This is particularly evident in his drawings. Through creative exploration of materials he maps the territory of his psyche.
James Robinson’s work is held in numerous public, private and corporate collections throughout New Zealand and Australia such as James Wallace Trust Collection, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Eastern Southland Gallery, Ashburton Art Gallery, Te Manawa Museum, Otago University and New Contemporaries collection, Sydney.
David Eggleton edited Landfall and Landfall Review Online between 2010 and 2018. He is a recent recipient of a Janet Frame Literary Trust Award, an Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, and the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry. He has had nine collections of poetry published, and a New and Selected Poems is forthcoming. His most recent poetry publication, Edgeland and other poems, was published by Otago University Press in 2018. He is the Aotearoa New Zealand Poet Laureate 2019 – 2021.
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