Peter Robinson discusses Gravitas Lite, his monumental Styrofoam installation on Cockatoo Island for the 18th Biennale of Sydney. "For some time now, I’ve been working through a love-hate relationship with minimalism and various forms of its mannerist and populist legacies. I love its po-faced assertions of egalitarian values – it’s weird hovering between a steel-fronted refusal of politicised content, and an oblique pitch for radical political valence. I find the fierce attention to conditions of material existence and perceptual behaviours – which much minimalist practice tried unsuccessfully to fix through formal rigour – freshly relevant in our so-called digital age." Artist's Statement
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Interview: Nick Garner