Melbourne based artist Kiron Robinson works across neon, video, photography, text and sculpture to engage his ideas around doubt, faith and failure as constructive devices. Robinson explores perceptual process and the vulnerability of forms to project a world where everything becomes uncertain. Images might be scanned, layered, cropped, reconfigured and re-photographed – thus throwing the meaning of both the images and, by extension, the things they ‘document’ into question. Robinson’s video and sculptural forms similarly might purport to be one thing but, on closer examination, reveal themselves otherwise, as familiar objects are recast in unfamiliar materials or sited in unexpected ways. His work is often underpinned by a sense of futility or doubt, best evidenced by well-known neon sign works ‘doubt’, ‘(m)any worries’ and ‘quiet desperation’ among others, which imbue a flippant or humorous aside with an underlying sense of foreboding.
KIRON ROBINSON has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally with recent projects including exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Taipei; POSCO Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea and Kurumuya Museum, Japan. He has recently completed major public commissions for Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library (2017) and the Melbourne Biennial Lab (2016). Recent solo exhibitions include ‘We told ourselves we needed separate beds to sleep’, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2015); ‘hello. you’ve made it.’, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne (2015); ‘I don’t know, really I don’t’, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Caulfield (2013); ‘Encounter with the Uncanny’, Gippsland Regional Art Gallery, Sale (2011) and ‘On Photography and Death’, Conical, Melbourne (2009). Robinson has curated various exhibitions and projects around Melbourne including “Is/Is not”, West Space, Melbourne (2016), Big East’ (2013), ‘Hevy’, Conical, Melbourne (2011) and ‘Polar’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2007). Robinson was the Inbound Resident at Apexart in New York in 2012 and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2014. He currently teaches in the Photography Department at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.