Ronnie Brown and John Robinson discussing his Symbolic
in the garden of his Somerset Studio. The sculpture has been adopted by
the School of Mathematics, University of Wales, Bangor, as their Logo
`I think the one thing that sets us apart from all other forms of life
is our Artistic Creativity. The earliest works of art used by our Cro Magnon
ancestors to communicate with the Unkown were Symbols, and more often than
not these were based on Mathematical patterns. I believe the first paintings
and sculptures were DOTs, and the DOT can also be looked upon as the beginning
'Our aim is to popularise Mathematics by presenting John Robinson's
extraordinary Sculptures and their links with Mathematics and Science.
Mathematics is the study of patterns and structures, and the expression and
description of these in terms of a language which allows for understanding,
deduction and calculation. This is why it yields a necessary language for
many aspects of science, technology and human activity, and so is strongly
associated with utility and applications. It is also associated with achievement,
in unravelling the complexities of the structures it studies.
The combination of Mathematics with John's Symbolic Sculptures gives us a
sense of excitement and wonder at the beauty and originality of these forms,
patterns and structures, and enhances our wish to study them for their own
Main Gallery (124Kb)
, showing 15 sculptures from the Universe Series, displayed in
(25Kb), showing ADAGIO, JOURNEY and ELATION. JOURNEY
has remarkable links with the Möbius Band.
Mini-Gallery II (36Kb)
, showing CREATION, INTUITION and GENESIS. These
have strong links with Borromean Rings.
Mini-Gallery III (22Kb)
, showing FORCE OF NATURE, PULSE and JANUS. PULSE
has links with Science.
Mini-Gallery IV (46Kb)
showing GORDIAN KNOT, ETERNITY, RHYTHM OF LIFE,
DEPENDENT BEINGS, BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP and IMMORTALITY.
These have extraordinary links with The Möbius Band and Knots.
Second Symbolic Gallery
(54Kb), showing 11 more Symbolic Sculptures.
Third Symbolic Gallery
(38Kb), showing 15 Symbolic Sculptures.
(6Kb), showing INNOCENCE, LOVE KNOT and JOY OF LIVING
(10Kb), showing SPARK OF LIFE, COURTSHIP DANCE and POINT
(18Kb), showing PROMETHEUS' HEARTH, MUSIC OF THE SPHERES,
(18Kb), showing SPACETIME, EARTHTIME, LIFE and
(8Kb), showing CONSCIENCE, CREED and ZEN.
Early Figurative Gallery
(28Kb), showing 8 examples of John Robinson's realistic sculptures
1960-1975 plus one example from his school days.
Knots/Edition Limitee 1996
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