Past exhibitionFrom April 22, 2010 to June 4, 2010
CHRONOS, Donald Robertson
Montréal, April 13th 2010 - Donald Robertson, Chronos exhibition, will take place from April 22nd to June 4th 2010, at Espace VERRE gallery.
In Greek mythology, Chronos is a primordial god that personifies time. For Donald Robertson expressing time is the focus of his recent series of works in the exhibition titled “ Chronos”. Whether interpreted as geological time through material transformations or in its movement through our hours and days, it is an undeniable force by which we measure, evaluate and reflect upon our understanding of our world, our actions and our lives.
As Donald Robertson states,“ The show “Chronos” is a brief exploration of our perception of time and its function. It contrasts the different manners we measure the passing of time and this measuring is seen through both natural phenomena and in the man made pieces in this exhibition. “
Although Donald Robertson is well known for his pate de verre and cast glass sculptures, in this recent series of works now on exhibition at the galerie Espace Verre, Robertson focuses our attention on the changing rhythms and cycles of time, highlighting its connection to the physical material changes that are revealed. In his glass sculptures such as “ Ripple”, he represents the constant ebb and flow of tidal movement. In his hourglass sculptures, the transformation of time is revealed from one container to the next. In “ Pendulum”, 30 years of professional artistic career and some of their actual physical remnants are assembled into this one symbolic work, an allegory for our industrial age.
“ Time Line” a series of drawings in the exhibition, reveal Robertson’s creative process and his preoccupations over a period of months while preparing for this exhibition. “ Twelve”, a group of sculptural casting waxes ready to be transformed into glass, physically represents as a chronological marker, the 12 months of work that would be required for their transformation.
Chronos, the ever present constant in our lives, is expressed in the works of this exhibition in a personal and thoughtful manner and affords us a glimpse into the creative journey of this artist, through the various materials that have shaped his career to date.
Espace VERRE gallery is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 9-5pm and the last Sunday of the month. Espace VERRE will host the Glass Art Association Conference from May 26th-30th.