This July, Foster/White welcomes a new collection by Washington's own Will Robinson. With the immutability of stone and the rawness of nature at its core, Continuum achieves a dynamic delicacy rare in stonework of such magnitude.
Robinson's sculpture is a study in contrasts. A highly polished form balances atop a gritty base. A subtly ridged facet ends in a fault line sharp as a knife, then gives way to a smooth surface. Soft, shapely lines emerge from the hardest of stones. With masterful precision and an artist's eye for detail, Robinson draws out the nature of the stone itself, from the marbled skin of granite to the dark silk of basalt. His work often defies gravity, prone to impossible balancing acts with only a pin to hold the form in place.
Robinson's reverence for his material is palpable, and it comes as no surprise that he has spent a lifetime inspired by the landscape of the Pacific Northwest or that he can tell the story of each stone, recounting where it came from and what drew him to it. His studio resembles a construction site, with cranes and industrial-size saws and boulders. Nothing you might expect from an artist's studio, but everything you might expect from Will Robinson's.
Will Robinson was born in Bremerton, Washington and studied History at the University of Washington. His sculptures are in private and public collections worldwide, including Swedish Medical Center, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Harborside and Lions Field Park in Bremerton, and the Bellevue Botanical Garden.