Robinson works featured at Liquidity Wines
5/14/2019

Robinson works featured at Liquidity Wines
"This summer, Liquidity Wines is thrilled to announce that David will showcase four pieces, including Equestrian Monument, at the winery. It will be on display until the end of the 2019 season in October.

Sculptor David Robinson has been a force in the Canadian art scene for the last 25 years. Based in Vancouver, he is known for his conceptually and physically complex works that are outstanding contemporary examples of a type of humanist realism that engages with fundamental, often spiritual questions of the experience and meaning of being. His sculptures do this through a few central premises; the universal human, our interaction with the physical world and the exploration of metaphysical ideas and their expression in form. 

And he’s looking forward to seeing his art featured at Liquidity Wines this summer, too. David will talk about his pieces showcased at Liquidity Aug. 17 at 3 pm in the Premium Tasting Lounge.
 
“I’m delighted to be showing at Liquidity this year,” David says. “It’s always meaningful to see the artwork in a new environment, and Liquidity’s Ian MacDonald has done a brilliant job cultivating a beautiful setting for the sculpture.”"

Windward Calm installed at VGH
11/1/2018

Having spent some hours at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Healthcare Centre as a recovering cardiac surgical patient, David was inspired by the shared experience of fellow patients all gathered in the lofty and hushed place of waiting. As witness to patients’ imposed vigilance under the glacial passage of time, Robinson reflected upon the many people that gather there under the spirit of human care; every living body a vessel upon uncharted waters.

This artwork asks us to consider the body and the soul “aloft in countervailing vortices of gravity and grace. The slow turning, rise and fall; breath as wind, as spirit…. In this work, we see ourselves reflected, leaning into the wind and navigating realms unknown.”

David would like to thank Gordon and Leslie Diamond as well as the VGH UBC Hospital Foundation for helping him realize his vision. Video courtesy of https://www.littlewolfproductions.ca/


Reflections on the River
10/8/2018

Reflections on the River
We're delighted to announce the completion of Reflections on the River, the first public artwork commissioned by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. This project grew out of an exceptional public engagment process in a very special community, and we're honoured to have worked on a project that was undertaken by such passionate and dedicated people.



"Though the typical language of monumental public sculpture is often focused on memorializing some particular personage or event, this works seeks instead that greater distance from which we might see not a human but humanity - not a river, but the cultural connectivity of rivers.
 
Approaching MacDonald Drive, framed against a stunning view of the Athabasca River, we see a broad plate of Corten steel; rising 20 feet out of the ground, cut and curved as the meandering oxbows of the wandering water it mirrors. Drifting the current in a morphic memory of the ancient canoe, we see a figure plying these ancient waters. With their earthen oxides of green and rust, both canoe and figure are sculpted in an open lattice of metalwork; they are intended not as opaque historical depiction, but as open aesthetic reflection. Human and craft, their conjoined image playing on the waters, with a blazing sun, the harbinger of time, balancing on the horizon.



...further writings on the river
At the confluence of these boreal rivers fluid purposes converge, resolving into current, and countercurrent, all within a flow unceasing.

The image of river informs so much of our language, so many of our metaphors: of continuity, of natural necessity, of time itself...

Flying into this city-at-the-confluence we witness from the air the river’s own aptitude for wayfinding and change in a rugged terrain. To some unheard music she moves, in turns following and in turns leading, arabesque across the plain.

Humanity has been moved by means of her power, and is moved also by her grace, toward intimations of the sacred.

Nine thousand years of human habitation at this site, we are told. Compelled here like the river itself; our own bodies of water are borne in the current toward future possibility." - David Robinson

LAUNCH installed at the Civic Hotel
5/8/2018

LAUNCH installed at the Civic Hotel
We're pleased to announce the installation of David's work Launch at the newly opened Civic Hotel, Autograph Collection.

David and his staff worked with the excellent team at Century Group and art consultant Brenda Bradshaw to develop an artwork that would speak to the vision for the landmark hotel, which was to merge BC’s artistry, culture and flavours with the spirit of entrepreneurial discovery.

From a given moment we look to the current 
And the river on which we pass is time.
Flown from some past, a lone figure plying waters immemorial 
Waters that make mountains into valleys
Ebb and flood made plain
River is drawn to the ocean as time into the timeless
And this vessel carries yet does not contain all that you would be
Steering by a star on some seaward horizon
From which the light reaches for your eye, unbending
Launch your way into winding waters
 
~ David Robinson, 2018


We hope you'll stop by this exciting new destination and enjoy the artwork!

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD
11/14/2017

We're pleased to share news of David's recent achievement! This November he was awarded Langara College's prestigious Outstanding Alumni Award, an honour shared by other leading professionals who have made significant contributions in their fields of professional expertise.
Here is a short video made by Langara College, interviewing David about his work and process: