‘SMASH GURU & THE CRYSTAL MIND FORTRESS’
25 April – 7 June 2009
An Installation by Matt Robinson
Be prepared to encounter an astonishing sculpture emerging out of a maze of miniature landscapes. Plastic animals, extruded foam, papier mache, wires, scraps and molten goop form the details. Step back and the body of a “supreme being” emerges from the crowded mass. This creature is the brain-child of a passionate adolescent/artist who, fuelling himself with shark cartilage, sweet drinks and pure adrenaline, creates an effigy of his beloved sweetheart. However, the object of his affection quickly morphs into a multi-armed monster, and we are left with the phantasmagorical projections of the artist’s mind.
In this ambitious, site-specific work, Matt Robinson draws upon a range of influences from popular culture and also references myths and legends, issues of religion, hierarchy, utopian ideals and consumerism. He uses a wide assortment of found and recycled materials and incorporates digital imagery to create a giant billboard sized backdrop and a series of related prints.
Matt Robinson is supported by Arts Council England.
In the South Gallery and front of building
Artists from the internationally acclaimed Mutoid Waste Company and Wrekon – Sam Haggarty, Strapper, Debs Wreckon and Denise Felkin have created an installation of scrap sculpture and photo art featuring mutated creatures made from found objects, recycled materials, recycled metal components and animal carcasses. With small and large-scale sculptures filling both the interior and façade of the building, this exhibition reveals the darkest recesses of the brilliantly twisted imaginations that first captured public attention in the early 80’s.
In the corridor
Apollo, Hermes, Jim Sanders & The Intuitives have teamed up to produce a powerful series of collaborative works in paper, featuring talented youngsters working alongside a favourite local artist.
in the Main Gallery
Sat 6 June, 8 – 10 pm,
Join artists and performers for an evening of experimentation and collaboration. Everyone welcome, materials provided. FREE