///Aotearoa Printmaker::Visual artist

Friday, November 9, 2007

Current-Whitespace Gallery


Andy Leleisi'uao
James Ormsby
John Ioane
Leanne Clayton
Cerisse Palalagi
Angelina Pwerle
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Walala Tjapaltjarri

Originally coined by the French explorer Dumont d'Urville in 1831, Oceania has been traditionally divided into Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australasia, and today has a population of over 35 million. The migration of the Polynesians in particular is impressive considering that the islands settled by them are spread out over great distances-the Pacific Ocean covers nearly a half of the Earth's surface area.
Most contemporary cultures, by comparison, never voyaged beyond sight of land.

CURRENT showcases the work of contemporary artists, many are second generation New Zealanders and while their experiences of their parents Island homes are limited, their interpretation and understanding of their culture is strong. With the exception of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, who passed away in 1996.
All the artists represented live in Australia or New Zealand and present a fresh view of an evolving art practice, the art they make stands proudly in a contemporary forum and is no longer fulfilling the role of decoration or function as prescribed in the past.
CURRENT demonstrates the complex and diverse cultural and political beliefs that are represented in the vibrant and increasingly collectable art of Oceania. Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Angelina Pwerle: COURTESY BETT GALLERY HOBART

10 Nov 2007 - 01 Dec 2007

OPEN: Tue-Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11-4pm

12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby,
Auckland, New Zealand
Email dwhite@whitespace.co.nz
Phone +64 9 361 6331
Mobile 021 639 789.

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