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Peter Robinson


Universe by Peter Robinson

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In 2001, Peter Robinson represented New Zealand alongside Jacqueline Fraser at the Venice Biennale. His installation Divine Comedy included this central hanging sculpture surrounded by sheets of printed binary code in black, white and red, the traditional colours of Māori taniko, tukutuku and kōwhaiwhai

(weaving, painting).

Robinson had been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1990s, with his work increasingly addressing the discordance between culturally specific meanings and the global language of art making. Universe sardonically echoes the possibility for a ‘universal language’ understood by all on the occasion of

the Biennale, which is often referred to as the central meeting point of artistic cultures. For Robinson, Universe is as much an abyss devoid of meaning as it is a space full of potential.

Production date
fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint
Size (h x w)
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
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New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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