by Mark Robinson
The Bermondsey Project Space
Robinson’s work was one of the many on show in The Bermondsey Project Space open studios, run as part of the Bow Arts Trust Connection Point London exhibition. A gallery on the ground floor with two floors of studios above gave the atmosphere of Bushwick — countless little cubicles of art to wander through. In such a situation sculpture always has particular impact; weaving in and out of little rooms with their walls covered, we are arrested when confronted with that which enters the floor. Robinson’s sculpture has the haunting feeling of audio, with blue that is so distinct, loud and stretched over white as a speaker cover. The lights that project into the centre of these blue circles then appear as visual indications of sound and activity — we are pulled into the possibilities of what goes on inside this cone shape and indeed what may come out. Both the trumpet shape and projected light create an atmosphere of intrigue and action, as if the work may have some sort of technical purpose. There is also an element of softness that Robinson achieves through his material and the process of making — the wood grain is visible but through a gentle white and, though the material of the blue is hard, the colour and round edge allow it to appear almost malleable.