JULIA ROBINSON | ARTSPACE SYDNEY, IDEAS PLATFORM

JULIA ROBINSON - The fruit that made man wise, 2016, gourds, copper plated sickle, brocade, thread, fixings, 120 x 18 x 45cm. Photo by Sam Roberts JULIA ROBINSON - A Sunny Pleasure Dome, 2016, copper plated gourd, silk, thread, ribbon, stainless steel, 65 x 35 x 25cm. Photo by Sam Roberts

Artspace Ideas Platform, Sydney | 23 June – 14 July // OPENING Thursday 22 June, 6pm
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP  ACE OPEN & ARTSPACE
43-51 COWPER WHARF ROAD, WOOLLOOMOOLOO, NSW

Hybridising naturally occurring plant forms with practices of costuming and adornment, Julia Robinson’s upcoming Ideas Platform project Long Ballads distills the artist’s interest in the themes of fecundity, ritual and the cycle of the seasons.
Collectively the work takes its cues from a range of rituals that affirm life and ward off death, many of which are still performed in England and across Europe today. These performances involve elaborate costumed characters and are boisterous, bawdy and aggressive, frequently invoking the phallus as a symbol of virility.

*Text supplied by ACE OPEN, Adelaide.