The Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition continues it’s tour of New Zealand.
It is currently on at Ashburton Art Gallery.
327 West street. Ashburton ashburtonartgallery.org.nz
21 MAY – 25 JUNE 2016
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
ARTIST TALKS | BRUCE FOSTER, ELIZABETH THOMSON AND GREGORY O’BRIEN
JUNE 22, 11:00AM
Come along to the Gallery for a talk by artists Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien and Elizabeth Thomson they will share with you their experiences on Raoul Island and what they encountered on their week long voyage to one of the last great ocean wilderness areas on the planet. They will give you insight into how this experience is reflected in the art they made in response to this trip. The artists will be joined by Bronwen Golder, Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy.
This talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Following the talk a light lunch will be provided and you will also have the opportunity to talk informally with the artists.
I am super pleased to announce that small selection of my Kermadec Project works and accompanying video by Bruce Foster are on display in the Massey University Wellington Library for the next two weeks.
It is of course super timely with the announcement of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary on Tuesday (Read more on Stuff) which represents years of hard work by many. Absolutely fantastic news and I am super proud to be associated with creating one of the largest marine sanctuaries in the world! A huge up to PEW environment group, the scientists, environmentalists and artists involved in the project. Well done to the NZ government, congratulations New Zealand.
The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will be one of the world’s largest and most significant fully protected areas. It includes the second deepest ocean trench at over 10 kilometres, deeper than Mt Everest is tall, and an arc of 30 underwater volcanoes, the largest anywhere on earth.
It is also some to six million seabirds of 39 different species, over 150 species of fish, 35 species of whales and dolphins, three species of endangered sea turtles and many other marine species like coals, shellfish and crabs unique to the area.
National Geographic called the region “one of the last pristine sites in our oceans.”
The new sanctuary will be the third largest in the world and cover an area more that twice the size of the total landmass of New Zealand.
It is titled “Surface Tension” and represents the tussle between the ‘opposing currents’ of PEW/artists and the NZ Government as they meet at the line in the ocean that is the Kermadecs. The calls of the various proponents for and against can be heard over the unerring rhythmic beat of the ocean. At one stage the debate escalates and the waters redden but the ocean roars back and returns bluer than ever. It is deliberately left inconclusive.
The soundtrack is actually constructed from recordings I made when we were “hands to bathe” (swimming) on the Tropic of Capricorn – slowed down, layered and played backwards in an attempt to represent an inverted take on the moment (i.e. when viewed from below). The video was shot using my home-made lens.
The latest iteration of the Kermadec exhibition has just opened in the Renzo Piano designed Tjibaou centre in Nouméa, New Caledonia.
It features a selection of works from the exhibition that went to the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Santiago Chile last year plus a handful of new works including a new large video installation by me (you can just see it at the top of the steps)
Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has opened in Whanganui’s Sargent Gallery. It was a great opening and floor talk – well attended (yes more people than in the photos) with a nice relaxed conversational feel. As always the staff at the Sargent rocked. On ya Whanganui!
The fantastic news is that it will be carefully packed away and shipped to Santiago Chile where is will open in the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo — Contemporary Art Museum. It will be open there from 15 MARCH until 19 MAY 2013.
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is one of the major museums of the city, focusing on modern and contemporary art. It is operated by the University of Chile Art Department.