Exhibition view: Peter Robinson and Phillip Lai, Spinning, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (19 May–23 June 2018). Courtesy Hopkinson Mossman.
In this exhibition that with its Spinning title refers to the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, and with some of its filament-like items, the companion story Rapunzel, Peter Robinson teams up with the Malaysian artist Philip Lai. Lai is in Gallery One, and Robinson in the larger Gallery Two. Some of Robinson's spiralling wire works on the walls look like human hair, and Lai's two low tables with circular holes could refer to the angry Rumpelstiltskin stamping holes through the floor.
Both rooms seem to look at seventies minimalism: Lai at the shallow spaces within the sculptural reliefs of Donald Judd, Robinson at the early wire wallworks of Richard Tuttle. They seem inspired by these precursors and take their sculpture in exciting new directions.