Robert Jahnke

Ripeka Kahurangi

Ripeka Kahurangi by Robert Jahnke

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Ripeka series 2015 comes from the artist’s ATA A Third Reflection presented at Pataka Art + Museum in 2016. ‘Ata’ in te reo Māori references ideas relating to reflection, form, light and shadow. Robert Jahnke’s Ata explores Māori creation narratives and prophetic imagery through light and reflection.

Ripeka series 2015 represents a stunning departure from his text heavy, black and white works. Here, coloured neon and mirrored reflection is explored in relation to the Māori creation narrative of Te Kore (The Great Nothingness) - Ripeka kahurangi, Te Pō (The Great Darkness) - Ripeka whero 2015 and Te Ao Mārama (The World of Light and Life) - Ripeka kōwhai 2015. For Māori these are timeless narratives that discuss and locate our place in the world, in the order of things. Robert Jahnke reflects on whakapapa (genealogy) as the ultimate Māori system of order whilst also echoing the Māori philosophical concept of continuous time and like the mirrored reflections they present infinite possibilities.

Ripeka Kahurangi
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wood, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity
1470 x 1470 x 140 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2018
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New Zealand Art
Display status
On display

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