FEATURE: James Robinson – ‘Open and Close’ and new works on paper
Open and Close (Pyramid series #6)
2019, canvas, fabric and mixed media, 2200 x 2200mm
Notes on ‘Open and Close’
James Robinson, 2019
This canvas and fabric collage is part of a series of mandalas after a long journey through India and Egypt in 2018. It’s both a tunnel and a pyramid. Art for me is the alchemy of making in creation. Creation influencing creation. Signposts of the soul’s journey in this life.
The pyramid serves as a wonderful form of the primary physical dimensions of material life. It is a genesis point of mystery schools of science and technology. Consciousness, as a wave and a point, is embedded in the act of perception – perception of the perceived. Art is a boundary pointing at boundarylessness.
“The eye I see ‘god’ with is the same eye ‘god’ sees me with” – Meister Eckhart, 12th century Christian mystic.
My narratives tumble in the accelerated control reality tunnel of the culture creating me.
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James Robinson has two modes of working. One is open, abstract, frequently large-scale and sweeping in its scope. The other grabs details of memory and thought as if to record the struggle of life and art in a notebook. The two modes are inextricably bound together.
Below are nine new works on paper from his Luck Up series. Some contain collaged pyramids in miniature. They are mixed media, approximately A3 and were all produced in 2020 during lockdown.