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Posted 02.03.17

Neon lights & bold colour at Stuart Robinson’s ‘Promontory’

By Phillip Buchan

Artist Stuart Robinson plays with light and colour to create dramatic sculptural installations.

For the second part of The Gallery’s South West Showcase, artist Stuart Robinson has created ‘Promontory’, an exhibition of sculptural installations utilising ideas and themes including signage, props, scale and model-making.

The exhibition will run until Wednesday 5 April 2017, with an associate programme of events taking place at the college during this period.

Neon lights and bold block colours were a key feature of the show.

‘Promontory’ features new work created by Stuart Robinson, conceived and built for the show, building on themes and ideas that the artist has been developing over a number of years.

"The Gallery programme at Plymouth College of Art helps add a liveliness for art in the city that creates a sense of community." — Stuart Robinson

Stuart’s sculptural installations feature frameworks, structures and illuminated elements intended to explore our shared experience of the everyday and reflect on how the world is presented to us.

The work explores the shapes, colour and materials familiar from our daily encounters of media, signs and surroundings as well as specific inspirations from Plymouth itself.

The exhibition proved popular with a packed out opening night.

Stuart Robinson said: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to take part in the South West Showcase exhibitions.

“For ‘Promontory’, I’m using the same themes and languages in my work as I’ve developed before, but the level of support that comes with the South West Showcase, both financially and creatively, has allowed me to realise a body of work that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.

"I’ve allowed the city itself to influence the development of my new exhibition." — Stuart Robinson

“I’ve used signage, film and set designs as a language in past work to explore ideas of how the world is represented to us.

“The American West and optimism of 1950s America has been a particular inspiration, because of the sense conveyed through their advertising and imagery, that anything was possible.

“Over time those dreams and messages can fade, and I’m interested in revisiting them. When I looked at the post-war redevelopment of Plymouth, there was a lot of that optimism, and I’ve allowed the city itself to influence the development of my new exhibition.

“I used to live in London, where I originally studied, but I’ve found the South West to be an equally creative and more inclusive and nurturing environment, a more cooperative atmosphere for making new work.

“Especially in Plymouth, The Gallery programme at Plymouth College of Art helps add a liveliness for art in the city that creates a sense of community.

"It's  proved to be as exciting as previous years, with both artists choosing to take on the architecture of the gallery and create ambitious new works/installations." — Hannah Rose

"There are so many interesting people here making exciting things. Having the South West Showcase is an excellent way to support artists living and working in the region.”

Stuart has shown across the UK and internationally and a book exploring his work, ‘Ham Fisted Half Cocked’, was recently published.

Hannah Rose, Exhibitions Manager for The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, said: “This South West Showcase is a biennial exhibition platform, offering two contemporary visual artists based within the South West an opportunity to have a solo exhibition and develop new work.

“This third iteration of the platform has proved to be as exciting as previous years, with both selected artists choosing to take on the architecture of the gallery and create ambitious new works/installations. We’re really looking forward to sharing Stuart's new work with our audiences.”

Missed the opening? Don't worry you can catch Stuart's show until Wednesday 5 April 2017, 9am-5pm.

Join us in the full show experience and head along to our associate events including:
Artist Talk: Patrick Lowry – Wednesday 15 March 2017, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Stuart Robinson in conversation with Rachel Dobbs – Wednesday 22 March 2017, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Discover Stuart’s work at stuartrobinson.net

Photos by Dom Moore. See the full album on Facebook.

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