Brian Robinson tells Peter Hylands about his men + GODS exhibition (KickArts, Cairns, North Queensland). Brian’s exhibition takes us on a visual journey through a world of mythology, a journey of tension between men and Gods.
men + GODS, quite an epic exhibition for me that I had been thinking about over a number of years and I was allowing time for a lot of the imagery to secure themselves. After a while I then started to build some of these sculptures and print based works.
The essence and the basis for the exhibition is that it was a story telling exhibition. Just like any other exhibition really, they are all story based. But the uniqueness of the men + GODS exhibition was that it took Indigenous mythology and elements and juxtaposed these with classical western notions of art and beauty and romance. These are the myths and legends that also came from western culture, specifically from the Greeks, who had a very strong mythology.
There was a lot of research and if you look into my studio it is part library because I have so many books and I am constantly referencing and researching various art forms, ideas, images and things like that to pull back into my work. The exhibition men + GODS was a perfect example of that.
I spent about a year on actually creating the exhibition so that was a really intensive period of time when I created the images and sculptural works. Probably the thing that assisted the most was a twelve month long residency that I had at Djumbunji Press. This had allowed me the full year to develop particular images for that exhibition.
There are a lot of Gods in these images as they relate to earthly beings and I think that is the beauty of lots of myths and legends internationally. That is they bounce ideas between the God figures and their high status and everyday man on earth. The clashes and all the stuff that happens between them, this tension is always present right throughout other cultural works. There are always similarities between the myths and legends of different cultures.