Null and Void
Null and Void
custom wood, lacquer
800 x 583 x 1935 mm
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
31 Jul 2006
New Zealand Art
Tukituki ai te kaupapa Ūropi, te pūtaiao me ngā toi orokohanga o te ao a Peter Robinson; he mahi e tākiri ai ngā ariā tauoranga o te oranga, te wā, te wāhi. Ko te kore he ao tikanga kore rānei, he ao rānei pērā i to Stephen Hawking whakaaro, he mea kī tonu ki te pitomata?
Kei te hinga ngā kōrero ā-ao kei te rahi haere rānei mā ngā apaapa o ngā tohutoro me ngā tohu motuhake. Ko tā ngā tau 1 me te 0 he tohu āe rānei, kāo rānei kei reira te reo matihiko o te ao, te waehere tāhūrua. Ka pānui tahitia te 1 me te 0 ka Io, te atua taioreore Māori e noho ai ki ngā rangi tūhāhā, ko ia te kaipupuri o te mātauranga mō ngā mea katoa.
European philosophy, science and Māori creation narratives collide in these works by Peter Robinson, which wrestle with the existential ideas of being, time and space. Is ‘nothingness’ really a realm devoid of meaning, or is it, as Stephen Hawking describes, a space full of potential?
Universal narratives collapse and expand through the layering of culturally specific references and symbols. The numbers 1 and 0 mark presence and absence in the globalised digital language of binary code. And read together 1 and 0 become Io, the faceless supreme Māori god who lives in the highest heavens and holds the knowledge of the order of all things.