Brian Robinson: Pacific Crosscurrents presents an artist’s view of how his Torres Strait Island homeland intersects with ancient traditions and modern histories of the Pacific.
The crosscurrents reflect an exchange of ideas, beliefs, and cultural practices. They also represent ancient traditions of sea voyaging occurring across the geographically vast region of the Pacific islands and Southeast Asia. These voyages occurred centuries before European ‘discovery’ of the region, as people travelled between islands trading goods and sharing knowledge.
Robinson depicts this flux as a dynamic universe that today incorporates a global culture. Cupids, comic-book heroes, and icons of western art are absorbed into the mix of the enduring and ever-changing Torres Strait Islands of the Pacific.
Image: Brian Robinson A curious bunch of bits and bobs - Oceanic artefacts at the Australian Museum 2016 etching ed. 1/10 49.2 x 98.7 cm