Todd Robinson, The Wringing Core

Art Exhibition previously on at Galerie pompom in New South Wales, Australia. Published by Galerie pompom on Tuesday 11 July 2017. Wednesday 05 July 2017 to Sunday 30 July 2017.

The Wringing Core, installation view. Photo: Docqment image The Wringing Core, installation view. Photo: Docqment image Todd Robinson, Wringing Core (The muscles in my neck, my upper back, my chest are letting go completely), 2017, wood, 2 parts - each 90 x 10 x 10 cm approx., edition of 3 + 2 AP image

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The Wringing Core comprises sculptural, video and photographic works that continue Robinson’s ongoing exploration of the conditions of audience reception; that is how we encounter the art object.

This exhibition stems from two initially separate bodies of work – one a series of sartorial studies depicting the interaction between garments the artist created and sensory-tactile materials including water and sand. The focus of these video studies is the performer-participants’ corporeal responses to the materials upon their bodies. The second is a series of wooden sculptures that buckle and bend as if subject to some invisible force.
 
While suggestive of a wooden henge or perhaps funerary poles the objects eschew any explicit references yet subtly correspond to the body, and its articulations, if one thinks of jointed knees and elbows, and the deviations of our bodies, primarily around a central core or spine. Despite the integrity of wood as a material, these upright sculptures appear to soften, kink, and collapse upon themselves, as if unable to sustain their own weight.
 
In conceiving this body of work Robinson references therapeutic body practices such as meditation and relaxation techniques as well as figurative sculpture. The Wringing Core pursues a kind of corporeal address, with the work taking shape within the embodied encounter between the sculptural object and the audience.
 
Todd Robinson works primarily with sculpture and installation. This exhibition develops from an ongoing series of gravity inspired sculptures featured in Oooh (2013), Experiments in Natural Philosophy (2015) and Oooh Aaah (2016). His work embraces an uncanny realism and utilises ambiguous and fictive materialities to engender tactile and visceral responses to the art object. Recent institutional group exhibitions include Soft Core, curated by Michael Do, first presented at Casula Powerhouse in 2016 and touring to regional galleries in NSW and Victoria through 2018; Fantastic Worlds (2015), Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD; Right Here Right Now (2015), Penrith Regional Gallery; and Sculpture from the Collection (2015), Ipswich Art Gallery, QLD. In 2016, Robinson was the winner of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, and he is currently working on a large scale sculptural commission in Nanjing, China. His works are held in the public collections of Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland; National Gallery of Victoria; Artbank; and Woollahra Council. The Wringing Core is Robinson’s second solo exhibition at Galerie pompom.
 
Sculptural works have been produced in collaboration with Matthew Austin, Associate Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney.

The video work Sartorial Study: Wet has been made in collaboration with performer Zeppelin Hamilton.

Todd Robinson would like to acknowledge the assistance of Gary Warner, Cherine Fahd, Andrew Purnell, Jacqueline Gothe, Anton Nemme, Adam Goodrum and the University of Technology Sydney, Advanced Fabrication Lab: Greg Martens, Albert Ong & Tran Dan.

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