Dave Robertson | Series | Urban Texture2019-08-22T16:09:12+00:00

Artists

Dave Robertson

While Robertson’s photographs appear to deal with surfaces, it can also be argued that they are appealing to a deeper, more searching consciousness. In his world-vision, beauty and distress are not mutually exclusive. Rather, Robertson seeks to combine the beautiful and the ugly. More significantly, he shares Ernst Fischer’s insight that ‘art is necessary in order that man should be able to recognise and change the world. But art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent in it’.

In Robertson’s case, this ‘magic’ resides in the devilish detail, in the poetics of photographic composition, the interplay of geometry and its erasure. If what we get are elegantly composed fragments, these frag-ments, no less, form part of a greater, unseen – yet intuited – whole. For while many, lured by the abstract beauty of Robertson’s photographs, might restrict themselves – because their inherited taste is restricted – to the appeal of abstraction as an aesthetic, we can also argue that these isolated and subtracted fragments of beauty speak to a need to address the greater problem of a societal – cultural, psychic, economic – breakdown.
Ashraf Jamal

Urban Texture, 2019

Dave Robertson

While Robertson’s photographs appear to deal with surfaces, it can also be argued that they are appealing to a deeper, more searching consciousness. In his world-vision, beauty and distress are not mutually exclusive. Rather, Robertson seeks to combine the beautiful and the ugly. More significantly, he shares Ernst Fischer’s insight that ‘art is necessary in order that man should be able to recognise and change the world. But art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent in it’.

In Robertson’s case, this ‘magic’ resides in the devilish detail, in the poetics of photographic composition, the interplay of geometry and its erasure. If what we get are elegantly composed fragments, these frag-ments, no less, form part of a greater, unseen – yet intuited – whole. For while many, lured by the abstract beauty of Robertson’s photographs, might restrict themselves – because their inherited taste is restricted – to the appeal of abstraction as an aesthetic, we can also argue that these isolated and subtracted fragments of beauty speak to a need to address the greater problem of a societal – cultural, psychic, economic – breakdown.

Ashraf Jamal