John Robinson, Installation, June 2014, University of Ulster, Belfast

Slavka Sverakova

Photo Paul Marshall

The following short statement  is John Robinson introduction to the two installations for the MFA final exhibition.

Transfigure originates from the subtle changes of light that occur at Dawn and Dusk, in which visual awareness is heightened and a there is a sense of transformation. This work explores the qualities of both natural and artificial light in an attempt to locate itself between contemporary Light Art and the genres of Plein Air and Abstract Painting.

Photo Paul Marshall

Recent work has moved from an exploration of landscape painting to the use of materials that mimic physical phenomenon; lights, smoke, water and found objects. The resulting room sized installations suggest a sense of place, atmosphere and memory that play upon historical-cultural associations with landscape. I am interested in the immersive potential of colour and light to create an experience that James Turrell described as, ‘’seeing yourself see’’


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MOMENTUM at Catalyst Arts Belfast, 24 – 31 January 2014

Slavka Sverakova

Ten postgraduate students of the MFA at the University of Ulster  presented interim exhibition  in the both exhibition spaces of the CA gallery.


The image on this poster is a screen grab of a video by Jonny McEwen (b 1966).Nothing moves except for the white material in the top right hand  corner under the name of the

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John Robinson, Rehearsal Room, Part 1, PS Squared, Belfast, 30 October – 2 November 2013

Slavka Sverakova

The artist kindly emailed me some  images and his comments (here in a purple text colour) to compensate me for not seeing his installation.

John prep iage

In recent work I’ve used dark spaces to create immersive atmospheres; at first I thought about blackening out the windows of this space. I was in PS Squared during the summer and realised that the entire room becomes a dark space when the sun goes down, so instead I started planning to do something in winter when the days draw in. I liked that connection with outside.

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