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Peter Robinson: Tribe Subtribe

Past Exhibition
14 Dec 2013 – 30 Mar 2014
Free

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe (studio test), 2013. Image: Sam Hartnett

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, Day 1. Photographer: Mark Tantrum

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, completed work

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, completed work

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, completed work

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, completed work

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, completed work

Peter Robinson, Tribe Subtribe, completed work

Acclaimed New Zealand sculptor Peter Robinson presents a major new installation for The Dowse.

Audiences are invited to take part to create a series of colourful felt sticks in the gallery, bringing together conceptual minimalism with craft traditions.

Following on from Robinson's major piece for the Auckland Triennial, If You Were To Work Here: The Mood At The Museum, this follow-up exhibition continues the artist's recent interest in bringing together strangers to co-create with him. On opening day the gallery floor will be filled with a carpet of hundreds of small felt rings, while a stack of coloured aluminium rods stand by. Visitors are encouraged to select a rod and feed rings on to it, creating a unique felt stick.

Robinson has always been simultaneously a materialist and a conceptualist, weaving complex ideas into the most spectacular manipulations of fabric, felt, wax, or plastic. He is the artist who wrangled six tonnnes of expanded polystyrene foam so it wound its way through an entire gallery, the glare of light coming off so much white it was as blinding as its title, Snowball, Blind Time, suggested.