Brian Robinson, Ocean Guardian, 2017,  cast aluminium with carved minaral, 110cm wingspan x 155cm long x 10cm deep.
Photo: Louis Lim. Courtesy Onespace Gallery and the UAP Collection.


Brian Robinson's Ocean Guardian glides into New York City


Australia: Defending the Ocean
United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA

5 - 30 June 2017

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2017
Cairns, Australia

14 - 16 July 2017

Australia: Defending the Ocean
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

17 July 2017 - 10 January 2018

Onespace Gallery is delighted to announce that following on from the very successful exhibition, Australia: Defending the Oceans at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco in 2016, Brian Robinson’s Ocean Guardian and latest ocean-themed linocut prints will feature alongside Pormpuraaw ghost-net sculptures at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York from 5 – 30 June 2017.

The UN exhibition, titled Australia: Defending the Ocean, is managed by Stéphane Jacob, director of Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France and the project's Senior Curator, in co-ordination with Suzanne O'Connell of the Suzanne O'Connell Gallery in Brisbane. It is supported by the Ministry for the Arts, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) and Brian Robinson’s participation is specifically supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. DFAT is holding an official launch function for Australia: Defending the Ocean at the UN on 8 June 2017.

Ocean Guardian features Robinson's hand-carved designs on the stingray's back called "minaral" that he states are, "the distinctive graphic traditional patterning of the Torres Strait" that "loosely conforms to a combination of rhythmic attributes full of liveliness and shimmering movement". The sculpture was fabricated in cast aluminium by Urban Art Projects (Australia) in Brisbane and its presentation in New York has been assisted by UAP’s highly enthusiastic New York team.

Through his editioned sculpture, Robinson "relays the creation story of the Great Barrier Reef Gunya and the Sacred Fish as told by Gimuy Walabura Yidinji elder Gudju Gudju (Seith) Fourmile in the recent documentary David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef". The story of the stingray connects with Robinson’s Aboriginal heritage as well because this animal is one of his family’s Indigenous totems from the white sand dunes of Shelburne Bay, Eastern Cape York Peninsula (the Wuthathi people). Robinson acknowledges the local mythic importance of this graceful creature in the work.

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