fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint
1350 x 1100 x 2000 mm
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
31 Jul 2006
New Zealand Art
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
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.