03/11/2023 - 26/11/2023
On view, a rich selection of Robinson’s “self-portrait, in disguise”, including a new series of paintings resulting from his art residency and “Seance” performance hosted in Venice at Zuecca Projects (February 2023).
Painting a performance – that has been previously enacted privately in the artist’s studio or precariously in more public settings – is what Robinson has been focused on in his practice.
In his paintings, he studies the human psyche through its’ rituals and ceremonies and even its less appealing self-congratulatory manifestations. He often portrays himself behind a mask to gain access to the most obscure parts of human pathology, where embarrassment, empathy, cruelty and humiliation – but also the sublime – reside.
18/01/2023 - 13/02/2023
Taking place at Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, the exhibition “Weltgeist” opening on January 18 will aim to explore the power of humanism and how it has equipped itself through history to fathom the enormity of not knowing the fundamentals of its own existence, which has caused ideologies, governmental systems, religiosity and other belief systems to function in its ersatz. Stern has included seven international artists whose respective practices illuminate the subject. Janine Antoni - USA, Reza Aramesh - IRAN/U.K., Arvida Byström - SWEDEN, Alejandro Jodorowsky - CHILE/FRANCE, Hermann Nitsch, AUSTRIA, John Robinson, U.K. and Penny Slinger - USA.
The exhibition is loosely based on the principles of Hegel’s views on the Weltgeist (World spirit), not as an actual object or an all-encompassing, all-present God figure, but as a secular means to better understand and to philosophise about history.
John Robinson Solo Show "THUG"
26/03/2022 - 21/05/2022
John Robinson's works are inspired by the tradition of old masters of the 16th and 17th centuries, including the likes of Velazquez, Caravaggio and Goya, with particular attention to the self-portrait technique previously adopted by the likes of Dürer and Rembrandt and more recently by Frida Kahlo.
Robinson's figurative works offer a contemporary take on the rich tradition of portraiture. For the most part, the production of new visual signifiers is defined in accordance with one's own time, referring to mechanical reproduction, to moving images, and to digitization that took place in the twentieth century. Robinson's painting, on the other hand, appears problematic and laborious and offers a long path towards information, where skill and boredom coexist with equal equity in the painter's artistic research. This is a strange calling that provides an internship for one's theoretical death in correspondence with the speed of new contemporary artistic movements and trends