Ramon Robertson

 

 

Artist Statement

 

My artwork engages with aspects of architecture and urbanisation. Mass production and standardization of objects is also a focus with an observation on the effect of the viewer’s visual perception of objects and environment.

The work aims to explore the more unconventional nature of ‘so-called’ utilitarian objects. Its purpose is to re-appropriate our everyday living environment in the form of sculpture and design objects that lie somewhere on the divide between function and non-function. The work intends to draw references from interior and exterior physical and visual space within the city. The approach in creating this work will be a reprocessing of our day-to-day existence, containing within its production symptomatic aspects of the urban world we inhabit. For this reason, human condition and behaviour in the city are also factors inherent in the work.

The work ranges from sculpture, furniture, ceramic and installation. Other, more transient elements such as film and lighting are often incorporated into the work.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019

Group Exhibition, NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, September 2019

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens 2019

2018

Summer Group Exhibition. NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, December 2018

NZsos Sculpture Onshore November 2018, Morph State

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens 2018

Group Exhibition. NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, July 2018

2017

Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens, December 2017-February 2018, Seed Introspection

Group Exhibition. NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, December 2017

Exopolis Exhibition. NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, September 2017

2016

NZsos Sculpture Onshore November 2016, Form Farm

Group Exhibition. NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, July 2016

Harbourview Sculpture Trail March 2016

2015

 

Sculpture in the Gardens, Auckland Botanic Gardens, December 2015-February 2016, Gravity Bag

 

B.A.S.T., Black Asterisk Gallery, October 2015

 

Void II installation, Wallace Arts Trust, Pah Homestead, August 2015

 

'New Works' Exhibition. NKB Gallery, Mt Eden, June 2015

 

Estuary Art Awards, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Howick. March-April 2015

 

2014

 

NZsos Sculpture Onshore 2014 6th-16th november 2014 with sculpture 'only in the world'

 

Harbourview Sculpture Trail at Te Atatu Peninsula in 8 -30 March 2014 with sculpture 'void'

 

Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens 2013/14 with sculpture 'Machination'

 

2013

 

Summer Show, nkb Gallery, Mt Eden, 5th December 2013 - 14th January 2014

 

Small Sculpture Prize 2013, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, 3rd May – 4th June 2013

 

Images of Architecture, (2nd Prize), Mairangi Arts Centre, 1st – 11th May 2013

 

2012

 

20x20, Letham Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland, opening 4th December 2012

 

The Weathermen, Kaipara Coast sculpture gardens, opening 1st December 2012

 

The Weathermen, Sculpture Onshore indoor gallery, opening 8th-18th November 2012

 

123, (ART WEEK), six drawings, Uxbridge Centre, Howick, 25th OCT-13th NOV 2012

 

The trusts art & sculpture awards, Waitakere, (3rd prize sculpture award), 5th-14th October 2012

 

Korero, Uxbridge Centre, Howick, 13th July-2nd August 2012

 

Estuary Artworks Exhibition, Buddist Temple, February-March 2012

 

Estuary Artworks Exhibition, Uxbridge Centre, Howick, January- Febuary 2012

 

up to 2011

 

Typo, Cookie café installation, Glasgow, March 2011

 

Voltoplasm, Glasgow Print Studio, 2010

 

CubeOpen Exhibition, Cube Gallery,  Manchester. Presented a sculptural piece which incorporated super 8 film projection, lighting and sculpture. 2009/2010

 

Seven Cities Exhibition, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 15 may 2007

 

Spoof on the roof, Group show with six artists at The Chapman Gallery, Salford, Manchester, (sculpture, furniture, installation, video), 15 May – 9 July 2000

 

Peugeot Design Awards, Overflow Shelf (ceramic shelving Unit), Exhibition for short-listed entries, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, July, 1999

 

Daytrippers, Streets Ahead Festival, Paterson Travel, Church Street, Manchester, Super 8 film installation., (three short films), 7-9 May 1999

 

Fifty Rapid, Light Installation, 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester, Jan 1999

 

Fifty Rapid, Light Installation, Smithfield Building, Tib Street, Manchester, Dec 1998

 

Fibre House, (Transit), Living Sites RIBA Competition, Design for future house system (short-listed entry), 66 Portland Place, London, Nov 1998

 

Fibre House, (Transit), Living Sites RIBA Competition, (short-listed entry) Knights Park Gallery, Kingston University, Oct 1998

 

Fibre House, (Transit), Living Sites RIBA Competition, (short-listed entry) Imagination Centre Gallery, London, June 1998

 

Glory, Glory, Holden Gallery, Manchester, Oct 1997

 

Brunswick Installation, Brunswick Mill, Manchester, June 1997

 

Room 302, Manchester Metropolitan University, Feb 1997

 

Light, (plus other installations), The Tunnel Club, Glasgow, Aug 1993

 

Sabotage, (group show), Tramway Gallery, Glasgow, May 1993

 

Degree Show, Glasgow School of Art, June 1992

 

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, March 1992

 

Newbury Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, May 1991

 

Royal Scottish Academy, (Chalmers Jervise Prize), Edinburgh, Sept 1991

 

 

 

 

Ongoing Projects

 

Working freelance on a part-time basis under the name of ‘vollov’. vollov is a single person initiative working on art and design projects, commissions and collaborations in Scotland, UK and now New Zealand. The work I undertake is predominantly art and design based and adheres to bespoke furniture, sculpture, product design and experimental installation work. More information is available on www.vollov.co.uk(no longer available)

 

 

 

Education

 

  • University of Dundee Sept 2008 – May 2009   Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Qualification (Further Education) (Pass)

  • Manchester Metropolitan University    Oct 1996 - Oct 1997       MA Interior Design (Distinction)       Undertook a sculpture programme of study for this course.

  • Glasgow School of Art  Oct 1988 - July 1992      Department of Fine Art     B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture (2nd Class Honours)

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