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Ann Robinson - Masterworks


Sat 10 Apr 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun 11 Apr 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Mon 12 Apr 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Tue 13 Apr 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 14 Apr 2010, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: Milford Galleries Queenstown, 9a Earl Street, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Milford Galleries

Ann Robinson is acknowledged as one of the most important glass artists in the world. This exhibition “Masterworks” features her primary bowl and vase forms.

Environmental dialogues, a South Pacific sensibility, an acute purity of design and essence of form are fundamental to and in her work. The remarkable single-cast “Antipodean Bowl” obviously references the ceremonies and rituals of the kava bowl, but in the way it interacts with light – by seeming to levitate – it comes to have spiritual and humanistic content.

The rippling, inside surface of the “Hemisphere Bowl” reminds us that we live on the outer crust of a molten core. The similar (unadorned, pure) form of the “Landscape Bowl” is a courageous work where glass mass and tone speaks of shape, substance, permanence.

Robinson uses colour with restraint and deftness. In “Wide Bowl” raised circles radiate from the centre, as if we are viewing water moving. The acid-etched internal surface and the polished lip allow light to inform and interact with the bowl in complex ways. From some angles the blue flares brightly; from others in darkens into depth.

The “Nikau Vase”, “Flax Vase”, “Side Carved Pod” demonstrate Robinson’s unique ability to establish a stylistic language from the natural world of trees and plants. The “Spiral Vase” and “Curved Vase” forms conclusively demonstrate that Robinson’s aesthetic, design sense and control of form operates at the highest level.

Ann Robinson is indisputably NZ’s leading exponent of cast glass. She has received numerous national and international awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) by the American Glass Society and appointment as one of NZ’s Art Laurettes (2004). She is also acknowledged on the world stage as a pioneer of cast glass. Her work is represented in major collections worldwide (such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Corning Museum etc) and Te Papa recently added 14 new works to their existing collection.