CAMERON ROBBINS

 

Cameron Robbins produces work based on interaction with natural forces and the elements.

Cameron Robbins is the first Australian artist invited to present a large scale solo exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. This exhibition Field Lines opened in May 2016 across 9 new gallery spaces in the museum. 

His work makes tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. He has produced site-specific installations and exhibitions in art centres, disused buildings and outdoor sites in Australia, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, China, Denmark, Germany and the UK, both self-funded and commissioned. 

These inquiries employ structural devices including kinetic wind or water powered mechanical systems. Their aesthetic is the result of both careful engineering and resourcefulness. The outputs of these site-specific installations include wind drawings and sound compositions. These inter-pretations of the dynamics and scale of the physical world suggest the complexities of the unknown. 

Cameron is based in Melbourne Australia, plays clarinet and saxophone in jazz and experimental ensembles, and studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Victorian College of the Arts to 1990;  lectured in art and design at RMIT since 2000; awarded Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship in 2015, and New Work Grants in 2011 and 2013, and various commissions.


Remote Drawings
CAMERON ROBBINS

Cameron Robbins has been presenting his work to our Stockroom audience for many years.  Stockroom regulars will know his permanent work on site; Atmospheric Test Rig which has been a constant source of fascination. We are pleased to announce Remote Drawings; an exhibition in September 2017 of Robbins work across our three gallery spaces.  This significant project will be the first solo exhibition since his highly successful Field Lines, a major exhibition over nine galleries at The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. Cameron is the first Australian artist invited to present a large-scale solo exhibition at MONA.  

Cameron Robbins work makes tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. Robbins’ inquiries employ structural devices including kinetic wind or water powered mechanical systems. Their aesthetic is the result of both careful engineering and resourcefulness. The outputs of these site-specific installations include wind drawings and sound compositions. These interpretations of the dynamics and scale of the physical world suggest the complexities of the unknown.  He has produced site-specific installations and exhibitions in art spaces, disused buildings and outdoor sites in Australia, Switzerland, Japan, Norway, China, Denmark, Germany and the UK.


MONA Series

Drawings created by the Wind Section Instrumental installation at MONA as part of The Red Queen exhibition 2013–14.

28/5/14 - W/NW 20-30kph 2014 ink on paper 48 x 30 cm

28/5/14 - W/NW 20-30kph
2014
ink on paper
48 x 30 cm

24/5/14 - SW 15-20kph, W/NW
2014
ink on paper
48 x 30 cm

25/5/14 - E-SE-NE
2014
ink on paper
48 x 30 cm

26/5/14 - N/NW 20-30kph
2014
ink on paper
48 x 30 cm

21/5/14 - NW light - NW 15-25kph
2014
ink on paper
48 x 30 cm

"mona 3" - MONA Wind Drawing - 18/7/2014, SW 25-40kph, NW 15-20kph
2014
ink on paper
56 x 80 cm

"mona light winds" - MONA Wind Drawing - 16/7/2014, Light Winds
2014
ink on paper
56 x 80 cm

"mona 2" - MONA Wind Drawing, 1/05/2014, NW 15-25kph
2014
ink on paper
56 x 80 cm

Other Works

29/8/06 - KAMT, clear cool wind, southerly, 42hrs
2006
ink on paper
86 x 86 cm

ECNU Shanghai - 30/04/2010 at 4pm, warm and sunny, page blew off, 20hrs
2010
ink on paper
55 x 79 cm

ECNU Shanghai - 10/05/2010 at 5pm, Phoeng trip 12 noon, 42hrs
2010
ink on paper
55 x 79 cm

17/9/2014
2014
ink on paper
71 x 76 cm

May 10 2011 - gbk, solar all day, cloudy
2011
ink on paper
49 x 78 cm

May 11 2011 - gbk, solar <1hrs
2011
ink on paper
43 x 60 cm

May 12 2011 - gbk, solar <2hrs
2011
ink on paper
44 x 40 cm

May 04 2011 - gbk, solar <1hr & May 07 - 6hrs, solar, gbk
2011
ink on paper
62.5 x 71.5 cm

Norway Series

Norway Wind Drawing, 14.5 hrs, snow, NKD
2013

ink on paper
56 x 80 cm


Site Specific Works at Stockroom

Atmospheric Test Rig

Utilising updraft from the massive chimney connected to the de-commisioned 19th century boiler at Stockroom, Cameron Robbins 'Atmospheric Test Rig' responds to the external weather conditions.

Its mesmerizing, whirling dance follows the wind conditions, growing and shrinking with the breezes.

Music - Jon Tarry and Cameron Robbins 2013

Wind Rig

Cameron Robbins beautiful wind rig in action. Its dance is a beautiful thing.

You can see it on the roof of Stockroom, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Music is by Paradise Motel.