Artist Statements

Saturday, June 6, 2015


The legal team responsible for managing the liability issues and wording of a recent 'Public Art Call' put their heads together to pen these immortal lines:

"The public must be able to look over, under, or through the artwork to see if danger exists."

Now, as it is no great conceptual leap to replace the word 'Danger' with the word 'Beauty', it seems these fine legal...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Studies in serendipity…

What consolation is there for the painter, say, who, upon completing the careful execution of a fine little picture with his right hand, looks down and is transported by the raw and swirling beauty of the palette in his left? 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Some notes on Critical Mass; a sculpture by David Robinson, in collaboration with Landscape Architect Paul Sangha.

"My own conception of and affinity for this work is the way it troubles two polarized aesthetic orthodoxies; namely those of abstract minimalism and figuration.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Daedalist was commissioned by the Fort McMurray Airport Authority and installed in the main atrium of the new Fort McMurray Airport in the Spring of 2014.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bridge:  a literal or figurative structure, which, in a manner of speaking, one might say is neither here nor there…

Regent College, Vancouver, BC

The College is currently in the planning stages of developing a mixed-use building on the southern half of its grounds.  Having been invited to propose a few ideas for the...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Somnolent Signifier

Two monumental bronze figures proposed…

Friday, October 16, 2009

Some method is required by which one could unmake the overwrought. The simple clarity of energy, gesture, power that is the artist’s first inhalation of a new work-that is the thing that most needs to be kept, and that is most often lost. My own appreciation of these shrouded plinth/figures is the way in which this fine film of metal can mediate and eradicate the folly of my own best...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The equestrian monument prevails in endless variety across the history of art.

In a time before I had learned of their often violent and imperial past, with the eyes of a child I saw these archaic bronzes in their simplest and most mythic form: full of narrative, free of history.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The artwork proposed herein expresses a figure leaping into air, diving into water.  This invocation of the theme of water is effected by way of a figurative narration:  High atop a platform we see the arcing body of a diver, its point of balance and ascent at the moment of being committed into the plunge. 

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Like Lori Anderson's musical treatise in which the act of walking is expressed as a constant falling forward, the artist is generally best kept off-balance. In practice, this stumbling-forward momentum is sometimes done by allowing the hand, eye, and mind to wander in the dubious company of obtuse and uncooperative materials and processes; rough terrain over which any previously held virtuosic...