Michael Robinson, Panoptic illumination, (detail), 2013, lamps, electric power cords, tripods, 2m x 2m (78 x 78")
The Origin of Ideas 03 may.— 8 jun. 2013
Panoptic illumination, 2013, lamps, electric power cords, tripods, 2m x 2m (78 x 78")
The Origin of Ideas, 2013, exhibition view
Subject to scrutiny, 2013, camcorders, cameras, tripods, 2,5m x 2,5m (98 x 98")
Subject to scrutiny, 2013, detail, camcorders, cameras, tripods, 2,5m x 2,5m (98 x 98")
How I spent my spring vacation (dyptique), 2013, reinforced Hydrostone, varnished, 36 x 36 cm (14 x 14") each
Radar range, 2013, reinforced hydrostone, varnish, 36 x 36cm (14 x 14")
Night Lights, 2013, reinforced hydrostone, varnish, 36 x 36cm (14 x 14")
Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran is proud to present The Origin of Ideas, the first solo exhibition by Michael A. Robinson at the gallery.
Through two important sculptural installations and a series of cast wall panels, Michael A. Robinson displays his philosophical reflections on the idea of non-objectivity in art. Highly inspired by Russian Suprematist artist Kasimir Malevich and his White on Whitepainting, Robinson has spent 20 years pondering the material aspect of the object, which is often indivisible from its concept.
The two installations: Subject to scrutiny consists of several rolling cameras focused on one wall, and Panoptic illumination is composed of dozens of lamps all pointing toward the centre of the work, recalling Michel Foucault’s concept of the Panopticon. Robinson’s techniques of assemblage and accumulation of objects in midair challenge their main purpose as well as the relationships between subject and object, artist and medium, spectator and work. in both pieces, the cameras and lamps are pointed at the epicentre referring to the meaning of the works.
Michael A. Robinson is a Montreal-based artist born in Germany. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University (Montreal), followed by a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). Since 1994, his works have been exhibited in over thirty solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, throughout the province of Quebec, Canada and internationally in Rennes and Paris (France). His works are currently in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Carleton University (Ottawa) and the Canada Council Art Bank.