Left: Blending Reality (2019). Laser etched aluminium plates, traditionally smoked with wax tapers, 76 x 256cm.
Right: Scatter (2019). Multiple acrylic casts from model aluminium bomb, each 1 x 1 x 8.5cm
Potentially Dangerous was conceived for The Lobby where the duel domestic and gallery space becomes a moment to engage with the modernist architectural space itself. The Lobby was employed as a metaphor for a World War II underground bunker to re-examine cross-site, archival and field investigations into the multi-layered histories’ of land use near the artist’s home. It also responded to Robinson’s overarching sensitivity toward the destruction seen in the world today, driven by fake news, hidden information, and digitalisation.
To formulate the creative works ‘thinking’ notes were developed by digging into existing archival records that referred to significant scanning searches for the underground unexploded ordnance (UXO) over ancient land on which the Rockingham suburbs are built. In this Ramsar listed wetland area, urban encroachment surrounding Lake Walyungup has increased rapidly since residential land use began in 1949. The building had started three years after this land, which is part of the Becher Point stopped being used for the WW II Rockingham Artillery Range. In the 1980s, urbanisation necessitated localised scanning of this area to a depth of 1m and a deep clearance search of 3m where appropriate, but appropriate for whom?
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