Parallel Lines of Enquiry a recent exhibition of drawings at
Fiona Robinson’s exhibition Parallel Lines of Enquiry has an overarching fluency and elegance akin to the power of silence. Nevertheless, the visual and other literacies at play in each suite of drawings and within the individual works speak volumes about the music, stories and places that inspire her exquisite drawings.
La Plage, a short story by Alain Robbe-Grillet, is read as an integral component of the exhibition, not simply to create atmosphere, but to reveal its inherent musicality and illuminate the artist’s sensibilities and reasons for being. The story is also presented in book form. For me, this a more empathetic counterpoint to Fiona’s intense control and spatial dexterity and adds to the enjoyment of the drawings cerebrally and sensorily.
Constantly moving one’s viewpoint to exploit the interplay between the natural light that makes the Allsop Gallery special and the works reveals the huge subtlety of Fiona’s exploration and control of the linear, spatial, textural and tonal language of drawing. Some surfaces shimmer accentuating the vibration of the linear chords.
Her abstractions are the process of interrogating and reflecting profoundly on the parallels between the experienced - rehearsed - and the spontaneous, the unique and the series, the spoken and the written, the scored and the improvised stimuli to her practice.
These drawings are rich in their internalised dialogue. The exhibition presents the beauty of art underpinned by structure and craft. Reiteration here produces resolution and revelation. We are required to stare in order to hear these drawings. Their quietness is their loudness.
Artist and Director
In May Fiona will be taking up a residency at Cill Rialaig in Kerry.