Cameron Robbins works to make tangible the underlying structures and rhythms of natural forces. He has a studio and travel based practice, making installations and exhibitions transcribing natural forces into drawings and sound works, in art centres and other sites in Australia and around the world including Japan, Norway, South Korea, China, Denmark, Germany, UK.
Cameron has mounted over 20 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in private and public institutions.
In 2016, Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania) presented Cameron Robbins: Field Lines- its first solo exhibition by an Australian artist, which featured out door installations, drawing practice, sound and video work, photography, and sculpture that interpret natural phenomena and which drew over 70,000 visitors.
Cameron also works as a jazz and experimental musician on clarinet and saxophone, performing with renowned musicians and sound artists.
He studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at RMIT and VCA, was the recipient of a Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship in 2015, and New Work Grants in 2011 and 2013. He has been a part-time lecturer in Sculpture at RMIT since 2000.
‘Lux Anemograph – the Greek God of the Winds, Anemos; a drawing, Anemometer; a device used for measuring wind speed, Lux = Light’; Anemograph; an anemometer that makes a graphic recording of the wind. The Lux Anemographs are kinetic sculptural drawing instruments which respond to wind. This instrument was set up at Leanganook/Mt Alexander to record anything that might happen with the weather and energy up there on a stormy winter’s night. A long exposure about 5 minutes was made of the scene. Extendable tripods are set with counterweights and anchors, connected to ground. Windcups transfer wind energy up the axis to finally motivate the light on the long vane. On the end of a long boom mounted on swivels and windvanes, a bright light dances around and traces a drawing in space, which can be recorded on a long exposure photograph.
It is a way of drawing with light. These photographs are artworks that describe other conditions such as location, atmospheric conditions, and time. ‘
Leanganook Big Wind is currently on display at The Taproom, 5A/9 Walker St. Castlemaine.