Universe

Universe

  • Artist

    Peter Robinson

  • Production Date

    2001

  • Medium

    fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint

  • Size

    1350 x 1100 x 2000 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006

  • Accession Number

    C2006/1/15/2.1-3

  • Accession Date

    31 Jul 2006

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification

    Object

  • Collection

    Chartwell

  • Description

    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.

Exhibition history