Peter Robinson: Polymer Monoliths

Essay by: Allan Smith

Exhibition catalogue published by IMA.


After producing a series of spectacular, baroque polystyrene-chain installations, Auckland sculptor Peter Robinson went minimal, making massive polystyrene monoliths. Where Robinson's chain installations reveled in complexity, offering a dynamic viewing experience, his monoliths refused it. There was something disorienting about the way they recalled hefty stone monuments, while being made of lightweight synthetic material. In his essay, Allan Smith takes Robinson's monoliths as an opportunity to explore the inherent ambiguity and instability of the historical minimalist object, citing Robert Smithson, GWF Hegel, Jean-Luc Nancy, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Incredibles, and obscure New Zealand UFOlogy en route.

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