Flying With Fire by John Paul Robinson
- Solid Glass
- 40 × 40 × 3 inches
101.6 × 101.6 × 7.6 cm
About the Work
Crimson glass feathers are shaped into a fiery yet elegant pinwheel in this wall sculpture by artist John Paul Robinson. The dynamic design of the work is enhanced by red shadows cast by light filtering through the glass. This dramatic wall sculpture was first exhibited during Robinson's solo public exhibition at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. He created two similar works for the exhibition - this one and another larger work comprised of white feathers. Issues of art, science, and myth preoccupy Robinson, and his work explores our relationship with the universe - specifically the idea that we are travelling at a very high speed while maintaining the illusion that we are still. Feathers, representing flight, appear in many of his sculptures. Robinson was invited to the Perimeter Institute to discuss these ideas with many of North America's leading theoretical physicists. Installation: The feathers are mounted directly into a drywall surface with pin mounts. The artist will make himself available for the installation. Alternatively, the work can be permanently mounted on a circular panel, and shipped ready to hang. Robinson was educated at the Georgian College of Arts and Technology and the Ontario College of Art, where he later taught for a number of years. Robinson is a Fellow of The Creative Glass Center of America, recipient of the Joan Chalmers Glass Award and has twice received the Best Glass Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Robinson has had solo exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Palm Beach, Quebec City and Chicago. His works are in corporate, private and public collections including the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, the Museum of American Glass, New Jersey, the Toronto Granite Club and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Robinson is represented exclusively by Oeno Gallery.