Wasps presents ‘Divine Connections’, a new solo exhibition from Robbie Mackintosh at Inverness Creative Academy.
Exhibition Open: 26 May – 8 June
12-4pm daily, 2-8pm on Thursdays
The artist’s recent work has been an attempt to look at and describe relationships between the spiritual and physical planes.
Continuing in the same vein and with the ideally large space of the Inverness Creative Academy Gym Hall to work with, ‘Divine Connections’ seeks to reach out these connections to a wider and deeper level and with more direct, and perhaps more obvious applications.
In his work, Robbie uses cultural references derived from influences close to him to achieve a type of language to express these relationships and connections from where he is an out to others. Using retro and past musical references hints at a sense of loss of simplicity in life and an awareness of the dangers of chronological snobbery. Through this work, the artist considers his views on cultures present obsession with destroying long established and well-founded values in our society in the name of claimed ‘progress’.
As an artist who is a Christian, Robbie is seeking primarily to develop and portray the relationships between the world which is seen and that which is not seen, the spiritual and the natural. He takes inspiration from the way that 20th century painter Robert Rauschenburg sought to bridge the gap between his art and life. Robbie uses found objects and a combination of sculpture and painting alongside a mode of abstraction to create a way of seeing with the intention of giving people a channel to relate the two spheres without putting spirituality into a separate category to their life here on earth.
The artist views this approach as partly evangelistic, but also for believers too who might perhaps see possibilities which they never considered before. The works are intended to be objective but also use elements of the subjective and the realm of the senses to achieve the aforementioned goal.
Selected Shows and Exhibitions
‘First’, Fortose Community Centre, Fortrose, 2010; ‘Broken Wooden Toys’, Spectrum Centre, Inverness, 2011; ‘Breach of the Peace’, Village Retro Clothing and Vinyl, Inverness; ’Christmas Show’, IGLU, Inverness, 2012; ‘a tribute to post-war expressionism’, IGLU, Inverness, 2013; ‘nice’, IGLU, Inverness, 2014; ‘beats’, Moray School of Art Degree Show, 2018; ‘up there, down here’, Eden Court, Inverness, 2019