Circle 3 is a found object and assemblage work of art from the Australian artist, Adam Robinson. The circle is made up of hundreds of early twentieth century stamps that depict the British monarchs of the time, King George V and King George VI.
Collected by the artist and removed from their original letters and postcards, Robinson work continues a long tradition of artists experimenting with found and used objects.
“My work reflects my passion for colour and the processes of collecting and arranging. Found and sometimes forgotten materials with their own sense of history are a great source of inspiration. I aim to transform these objects to exist in a more contemporary and ordered context, with a clean and vibrant aesthetic.
I also enjoy the emotional response that colour and repetition can bring, and the notion that once the materials are rearranged and framed they become perceived in an altogether different way.”
In this instance the artist uses vintage stamps to evoke a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era when posted mail was the primary form of correspondence. To accentuate this point, and reflect the important international role the stamps played in the past, the artist has arranged the stamps to represent the globe: cut and placed to form a perfect circle, Robinson split the assemblage in half with a thin piece of painted wood to act as the ‘equator’ and inverted the stamps in the lower half to mirror those above it.