Peter Robinson

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan by Peter Robinson

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Getting out of New Zealand through frequent trips to Europe - to Germany in particular - gave Peter Robinson an Archimedian point from which to gain new purchase on his art. From 1996 on, his work often takes the form of cultural campaign maps, wall charts for aspirant art stars, mission statements for self-loathing international careerists. These strategic plans - together with his recent dioramas of miniature placards, skyscrapers, aliens, billboards, radios, portraits and cut-out words - resemble a paranoid updating of those Second World War underground strategic command bunkers where generals recorded data and moved things about on tables in response to the fortunes of war ebbing and flowing in the world above. The black, white and red of this Strategic Plan continues the double spin Robinson put on the colour scheme when he made a felt plane for an exhibition in Germany in 1995 - the geometric camouflage of the plane referenced both traditional Mäori colours for ornamentation and the liveries of the Nazi Party. The patchwork texts of Strategic Plan are written in three tongues. Rehearsing a three-way cultural schizophrenia, they include an eighteen-point plan in English to win favour with the powers that be; a rambling compilation of tourists' linguistic confusions in bastardised German; and questions, confessions and observations in pidgin Mäori. Robinson's dissections of art-world pathologies and identity politics are becoming more complex, more desperate in succeeding works. (from The Guide, 2001)

Strategic Plan
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oil and acrylic on canvas
2500 x 5000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 1999
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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