Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wayne Youle shines a light on Deane and Hirschfeld Galleries


Wayne Youle “shines a light” on Deane and Hirschfeld Galleries

Artist Wayne Youle says his upcoming show, Fingers Crossed (15 December 2012–10 February 2013) in both the Deane and Hirschfeld Galleries in City Gallery Wellington, is a way of “shining a light” on these well-known gallery spaces.

Youle is the first artist who has been invited to work across both galleries and says Fingers Crossed will be “a way of taking away the crypt-like feeling I get from the spaces, a way of shining a light, the chance to play both fields, be the voyeur and get a sneak peek.” The Deane Gallery was opened in 2009 and is dedicated to the work of Māori and Pacific Island artists. The Hirschfeld Gallery was established in 2000 and showcases Wellington-based artists, architects, designers and other creative practitioners.


City Gallery Wellington is thrilled to have an artist of Youle’s standing exhibit across both galleries. His insightful work, which looks at the post-colonial identity of New Zealanders, perfectly positions him to question the histories and conventions of the Deane and Hirschfeld Galleries.

Visitors can look forward to Youle’s crisp, colourful aesthetic, much of which points to his background in graphic design. Fingers Crossed will present new paintings, video and comical yet canny sculptures that continue the artist’s investigation into race relations, identity politics and the signs and symbols through which culture is communicated.

Youle, who is of both Māori and Pakeha descent (Ngapuhi, Ngati Whakaeke, Ngati Pakeha), is well-known for making artworks that look at the issues raised by bi-culturalism through the prism of an incisive humour. “Humour gives you an in,” Youle says. “It makes most people at least give the work a chance. Some people don’t get the joke and some don’t like the joke…If I don’t use humour I use fact, if I don’t use fact I use fear. Some people find it easier to laugh at the things they fear and even laugh off the truth.”

Wayne Youle returns to New Zealand fresh from completing the prestigious twelve-week SCAPE Christchurch/Artspace Sydney artist residency. Fingers Crossed will feature new sculpture and video artworks created especially for the show at City Gallery Wellington.

“The Fingers Crossed title still remains a mantra for me when I think of culture, my culture, and the interaction of culture,” says Youle. “I used to cross my fingers in the hope that people would accept the fact I am equally proud of being Nga Puhi and Pakeha. We all cross our fingers for different times.”

Wayne Youle will give a floor talk about Fingers Crossed on Saturday 15 December, 2.00pm in the exhibition.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news