26 October – 20 December 2019
Robin Price is an artist-inventor, trans-disciplinary physicist, musician and cat enthusiast. His practice, surveyed in Escape Sequence, spans digital art, electronics, sculpture, club music and visuals, with a methodology which brackets everyday objects and re-imagines them as open source sites of play and digital exploration. The optical language of Robin’s work references his sonic heritage; acid visuals, fly-posting, lasers and monitor banks resist the pull of nostalgia and are instead framed within a hermetically-sealed digital present and anxiety-inducing global future. Escape Sequence does not presume to propose solutions, nor to sit apart from this exterior world, but offers an alternate position of artistic production and interaction as a hacked mode of escapism.
Feline mobile Disco, a traveling scratching post come off-site sculptural work, can be transported to the house-bound feline rave enthusiast upon request. Peddling catnip, fur-raising bluetit visuals and toe bean tingling lasers, the post-club aesthetic temporally sites the work in irretrievable moment of chaotic optimism and sub-cultural revolution, now the purview of the media savvy feline, a networked avatar for the post-human cultural explorer. The work is accompanied by a parade of contorted fly-posted cats throughout the gallery space.
Knowingly absurdist in their application, the technological enquiry of the works presented in Escape Sequence aim to open up the gallery as a refuge for the world-weary and worried, an arcade welcoming the viewer to indulge in the brightest, most optimistic nihilism.