Art measured against the universe dwindles to dust grains and reverberations in recent works by New Zealand artist James Robinson. He is the artist as artificer, on the verge of inventing his own religion, a syncretic mojo man. And yet his prolific and obsessive output of metaphoric objects, assembled from found vernacular matter, is always in the serve of beauty, at once haunting, forbidding, eerie. Finding beauty in the abject, doing the heavy lifting, getting stuff back to the studio, Robinson is a kind of body builder, uniting disparate materials to bulge under skins of enamel and latex paint.
Laying Face-Down on the Earth - Recent artworks by James Robinson
David Eggleton, Art New Zealand , September 7, 2022