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New World Chaos at Artstation

29 April 2005

New World Chaos at Artstation

Sixteen emerging artists explore visions of the future in a new exhibition New World Chaos at the Artstation Gallery from 3 to 21 May 2005.

New World Chaos explores possible worlds by challenging traditional perceptions of civilisation and culture. Consumerism, politics, environment and community are all questioned by the exhibit’s mixed media works.

Curator Steve Edwards says, “I call the culture we live in 'not enough culture' because its incessant messages tell us we are not enough. These artworks are intended to stimulate us to imagine other possible ways to live and to inspire people to bring their diverse visions to life.”

Artist Natalie Couch’s paintings explore ideas of self-sufficiency and self-sovereignty by acknowledging the ways of our tipuna or ancestors.

“One painting is about a village and looks back to the way our tipuna lived, drawing on that for strength. We are always a part of our tipuna and what they have done in the past sets up what we do in the present,” she says.

Other artists in the exhibition have drawn on their cultural heritage, the New Zealand landscape and topical cultural issues.

New World Chaos exhibition information: Artists: Paul Bradley, Jarad Bryant, Mark Cato, John Collie, Natalie Couch, Priscilla Cowie, Yasmin Dupont, Steve Edwards, Vanessa Edwards, Andrew Fischer, Andrew Hall, Hemi Kiwi Kiwi, Tania Lewis-Rickard, Kim Newall, Tawhai Rickard, Amanda Sorenson, Raewyn Turner Exhibition: 3 – 21 May 2005 Opening: 5 to 8pm, Tuesday 3 May 2005

Artstation, Auckland City’s community visual arts facility, is located at the old police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newton. It is easy to get to by public transport with the Link’s ‘Artstation’ bus stop right outside.


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