Holburne Open David Robertson
David Robertson’s immersive print installation explores the stigma around mental health and the difficulties men have in reaching out for help. Consisting of 25 life-sized men, the figure is a self-portrait but is representative of any man. Formed of tally marks, each mark representing an individual. Walking through the large-scale installation is a bewildering and disturbing experience. The figures surround and tower above you, moving unpredictably. As your pathway through keeps shifting, the weight of burden becomes apparent. David comments: ‘The prints were editioned three and a half years ago, but it’s only now that I’ve been able to show them how it was originally conceived. I’m really excited that a print installation was selected for a white cube gallery.’
During his six-week residency at the Andrew Brownsword Gallery at the University of Bath until 18 June, David will be working on a series of prints, from his sketches documenting the changing landscape. Walking and drawing is an important part of David’s practice that he uses to maintain mental wellbeing. Insta: @multiple_of_one
Installation view: Suffering in Silence, 2018. Woodcut, each 2000 x 910 mm. Installation: 2400 x 5500 x 5500 mm
The Gallery at the Edge, University of Bath, is free to enter and is open from Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm.
The Edge will be closed from 2 to 5 June.
Also on show Joshua Donkor