Above Climax, from the Oceana series. (©Lisa M. Robinson/Courtesy Klompching Gallery).
In 2008, American photographer Lisa M. Robinson exhibited her critically acclaimed series, Snowbound, at New York’s Klompching Gallery marking the culmination of this, her first major body of work produced over a five year period. In these large-format (although not excessively large) colour prints, Robinson explored the mystery of the winter landscape, questioning ideas of transition and evolution, themes which she continues to investigate in her latest, and equally emotive series, Oceana.
Whilst Snowbound was devoid of physical presence, the signs and motifs of human interaction within the landscape where clear, whilst in Oceana, Robinson herself becomes that human presence. ‘A key development in her artistic practice is a conceptual and visual shift from representing the subtle human presence of others, to imposing her own presence into the landscape, albeit metaphorically,’ writes Debra Klomp Ching.
Above Mesmory, 2010, from Oceana series. (©Lisa M. Robinson/Courtesy Klompching Gallery).
As the life forces of both water and atmosphere continually fluctuate and change, in both subtle and more dramatic ways, Robinson’s challenge has been to invoke what she calls terms the ‘concepts of shifting time and space while evoking a more intuitive response to the sea. I am viewing the physical world itself with an understanding of its internal transformations and visible signs of upheaval.’
As Robinson reduces her subject matter to the most basic of life sustaining elements — water and air, the viewer is allowed to enter these beautifully painterly landscapes, and encounter and experience a unique quality of contemplation, and mediative thought.
Oceana, is at the Klompching Gallery, New York until 10 June 2011.