Bob Jahnke Navarro tukutuku 2015 (detail)

BOB JAHNKE: ATA: a third reflection
13 February – 15 May 2016

‘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.


Robert Jahnke
A brief biography

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.

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PUBLICATION SPONSOR

Bob Jahnke and Pātaka Art + Museum wish to acknowledge the generous support of Chris Parkin for his contribution towards this exhibition.

Click this pdf link to view catalogue: Bob Jahnke ATA: a third reflection

Bob Jahnke ATA catalogue cover


Bob Jahnke acknowledge the sponsorship and support of the following organisations:

ATA sponsor logos


PRESS

Kapi Mana News Bob Jahnke article

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