Cameron Robbins, Visual and Sound Art
The main motivation for my work is to make tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. Over the last 20 years I have produced site-specific installations in art galleries, disused buildings and outdoor sites around Australia and Asia. These inquiries employ structural devices such as wind or ocean-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.
Based in Melbourne Australia, I studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Victorian College of the Arts during the 1980s. Lectured in Art in Public Space at RMIT since 2000.
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Recent Awards include the Australia Council for the Arts New Work (established) Grant (2011), and a 3-month residency at NKD - the Nordic Artists Centre - in Norway (for March-May 2013). The Contempora Sponsors Award (Docklands, Melbourne) and the Littoral Edge Award at Lorne Sculpture Exhibition(2008).
Recent exhibitions and projects include:
2012 - Melbourne Water Commission, 990 LaTrobe Street Melbourne Docklands - A permanent Moving Image video installation with imagery created using a 160litre water vessel, where the water spins slowly and forms a vortex. It configures intriguing forms and patterns as different inks and materials are introduced.
2011 -LSDM, Lunar Solar Drawing Machine, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney (solo show) This is a Solar Powered drawing machine creating a 30 consecutive day-long drawing from direct solar energy (no batteries) on a 2.4metre roll of paper which slowly rotates ONCE during the lunar month. Pigment ink pen on cartridge paper. The paper’s movement over the 30 days is mains-powered, while the pen is solar powered.
-Hong Kong Art Fair with GBK (showing wind drawings from Shanghai)
-Korean International Art Fair with GBK (showing wind drawings from Shanghai)
2010 Shanghai Rooftop, East China Normal University Art School, Shanghai China,
a mechanical Wind and weather-drawing installation on the 7th floor roof of an art school. Duration of 5 weeks, 30 drawings produced. For the Meridians project in conjunction with World Expo.
Setouchi International Art Festival, Seto Inland Sea, Japan – a 100 day festival of environmentally themed artworks. On a stone groyne, I installed a wave-powered pipe-organ which was played by sea waves and tidal movements.
2009 Southern Marine Music Test Rig, MONA FOMA, Hobart Tasmania – for the Festival of Music and Art, I created a wave-powered pipe-organ installation on the pier in Hobart. Brian Ritchie and I played a performance with the organ as a closing ceremony.