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Bob Jahnke | ATA: a third reflection

February 13 - April 8

Robert Jahnke, Ata tuatahi (2016), MDF, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Jeff McEwan

Master Bedroom and Photography Gallery

‘Ata’ in te reo Māori references artistic concerns such as reflection, form, light and shadow, but also refers to the act of deliberation. Professor Robert Jahnke’s Ata explores Māori creation narratives and prophetic imagery through light and reflection.

This new body of wall mounted and free-standing installation works explore reflection of neon text and pattern inspired by the practices of Ivan Navarro and Paolo Scirpa.
The technique results in a repetition of pattern that appears infinite but disappears into a void of darkness. Through these optical effects Jahnke endeavours to capture the Maori notion of the emergence of Te Ao Marama the world of light from the darkness of Te Po.
A brief biography of Robert Jahnke:

Te Whanau a Rakairoa, Te Whanau a Iritekura, Ngai Taharora, Ngati Porou
Robert Jahnke’s work champions modern Māori art and uses it to highlight important cultural issues. His works focus on peoples differing perceptions of reality according to historical facts and circumstance. Drawing inspiration from his current social environment, the influence of his studies at the California Institute of Art continues to inform his practice. Jahnke’s works are defined through their questioning and challenging of the established Eurocentric narration of New Zealand’s history; he promotes and champions the Māori experience within his considered contemporary metaphor.

Please join us for the Opening Celebration on Monday 12 February, from 6pm.

This exhibition is presented and toured by PĀTAKA Art + Museum.




February 13
April 8
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The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough
Auckland, 1042 New Zealand
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09 639 2010