Strait Protean: The Art of Brian Robinson

Curated by Victor Griss

Long before the white man came, the Islanders were the Vikings of the Torres Strait – a narrow passageway of water and treacherous reef lying between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Art Exhibition previously on at Counihan Gallery In Brunswick in Australia.
From Friday 20 June 2014 to Sunday 20 July 2014
Launch Thursday 19 June 2014, 6-8pm

Brian Robinson, as the rains fell and the seas rose 2011. Linocut printed in black ink from one block, 62 x 112.5 cm image

Published by Counihan Gallery on Wednesday 04 June 2014.
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A seafaring indigenous people, they were proud and dignified, deriving their spirituality from ancestral ties to the land, the sea and the sky. Continuing a strong cultural tradition of storytelling, Brian Robinson’s prints and sculptures read as episodes of an intriguing and grand epic. Set within compelling visual puzzles intertwined with organic patterns, the encounters between cultural traditions are told. Like an arcane manuscript, Strait Protean charts a course imbued with customs and mythology of the Torres Strait Island people, referencing classical art and pop culture icons, where forms and characters are co-opted into the spirit world of the Islander’s imagination.