Keith Beedie Tribute
7/6/2021



David recently had the privilege of creating a portrait in tribute to the great patron of 1000 Parker Street, Mr. Keith Beedie. Keith’s remarkable life is an inspiration to David, and Keith’s support for the arts community by the founding of Parker Street Studios has been instrumental in David’s career development. Ryan Beedie has continued that tradition of patronage and philanthropy, and all of us at the studio are grateful for the opportunity to have produced this piece for him. The portrait now has pride of place in the Founder’s Room at the Beedie offices. The story panel in the plinth draws on myriad elements of Keith’s life and legacy.⁠⁠



 

Documentary Short: A Windward Calm
7/6/2021

We are excited to announce that the documentary short A Windward Calm was featured in several film festivals this year, and was selected by the Whistler Film festival for their Canadian ShortWork Competition. The film focuses on David's kinetic suspended sculpture in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Healthcare Centre at VGH.
 

Responses to the installation of the sculpture Windward Calm have been moving and humbling to David and his team. One beautiful - and poetic - reflection on the sculpture came to us from a Cardiac Function Clinic patient:

"I had to wait a while yesterday to see a cardiologist on the sixth floor of the Diamond Health Care Centre, and spent much of that hour marvelling at the quiet force, the grace, and the many intimations of immortality emanating from what I know now is your extraordinary sculpture, Windward Calm. The wintery light slanting toward sunset had somehow turned the atrium into a deep column of ocean water, amplifying the already extraordinary effect. 
 
I actually glimpsed the piece within a few seconds of walking into the building, before I even knew it was yours or that the vessel contained a figure, just that a little keelboat was afloat high above me on the surface of an unknown sea. I had to sit down for a moment in the lobby cafe because the sight of that keel and hull so far up rattled and reminded me that I was myself at the bottom of an ocean in health terms. And I kept thinking about that little dinghy as the elevator rose up toward it. Arriving on the sixth floor, de profundis, came with a flooding sense of relief, of breaking the surface, full of renewed hope, and oxygen, and resolve. 
 
Then when I realized there was a figure at the helm, and that it was your figure, your sculpture, I was struck by the further significance of it all, the idea of the forces that propel us, the winds, the destinies that we try so intently to channel to our benefit. So beautiful, the metaphor of a breeze and the boat that transmutes it, at this very juncture of our arriving, in need, at a centre of medical science, arriving with all our fear and our bravery and our vulnerability, a breeze that will carry us onward, whatever the science may show us, however long our allotted passage may be."


 

Aequilibria installation complete
1/8/2020


We are pleased to present Aequilibria, David's newest suspended artwork.
 
"The allegorical figure of Lady Justice presides over the facades, and loiters in the lobby of every Courthouse in the western world. That archaic image - blindfold, figure, sword and scales - is here re-formed within the currents of our fast-flowing cultural moment.    
 
Staggering technological and teleological flux has us grappling for viable footing as never before - and perhaps nowhere more than within the juridical sphere is a culture’s feet so bound to its foundations.  
 
So, rendered here is no longer some lesser deity holding up simple binary judgement, but humanity itself in the shifting scales... Grappling over the post-Nietzschean void...  Astride tilting and contingent ground. In elliptical orbit amid the planetary pull of passing epistemologies. Striving for poise within the requisite un-balance of any and all progress...  
 
And even so, this figure inclines toward the ancient human citing of a true and plumb line - some existential axis along which we may divine and provision a right and just orientation toward the nature of being.” ~DR, 2019


Thanks to Brenda Bradshaw for helping make this piece a reality.



Windward Calm installed at VGH
11/1/2018

Having spent some hours at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Healthcare Centre as a recovering cardiac surgical patient, David was inspired by the shared experience of fellow patients all gathered in the lofty and hushed place of waiting. As witness to patients’ imposed vigilance under the glacial passage of time, Robinson reflected upon the many people that gather there under the spirit of human care; every living body a vessel upon uncharted waters.

This artwork asks us to consider the body and the soul “aloft in countervailing vortices of gravity and grace. The slow turning, rise and fall; breath as wind, as spirit…. In this work, we see ourselves reflected, leaning into the wind and navigating realms unknown.”

David would like to thank Gordon and Leslie Diamond as well as the VGH UBC Hospital Foundation for helping him realize his vision. Video courtesy of https://www.littlewolfproductions.ca/