Bob Jahnke: ATA a Third Reflection

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In this exhibition, Professor Bob Jahnke explores Māori creation narratives and prophetic imagery through light and reflection. ‘Ata’ in te reo Māori means reflection, form, light and shadow, but also refers to the act of deliberation.

This new body of wall-mounted and free-standing installation works explores reflection using 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.

Toured by Pataka Art + Museum 27 February - 21 May 2017

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LocationWhangarei Art Museum, Town Basin, Dent Street, Whangarei
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Cost No Charge
RestrictionsAll Ages

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AddressTown Basin, Dent Street
Phone(09) 430 4240
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About this Venue

The Art Museum opened in June 1996 in an historical arts and crafts building in beautiful Cafler Park adjacent to the cultural amenities of Forum North Theatre and the conservatory and Fernery.

It is the public gallery of the city and district and custodian of the extensive city art collection. The Museum is also the venue for national touring exhibitions and internally curated exhibitions and public programmes.