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God Helmet exhibition Séraphine Pick

Séraphine Pick
God Helmet

Jointly presented by Nadene Milne Gallery and Michael Lett
6 September – 6 October
Preview Thursday 6 September 6–8pm
(Preview Nadene Milne Gallery Arrowtown, Friday 7 September and Christchurch Saturday 8 September)

Michael Lett and Nadene Milne Gallery are pleased to present God Helmet, an exhibition of new work by Séraphine Pick. The exhibition will run simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch and Arrowtown.

For the past thirty years Séraphine Pick has engaged with figments of memory and explored the body as a site of consciousness in her practice. Most recently, she has looked to digital information technologies to decode aspects of universal human experience. Hazy images of people who appear comatose found online, the internet as a crowd that offers belonging, misrepresentation and an information deluge.

God Helmet touches on the mind’s ability to generate its own imagery via virtual reality (VR) systems. These out-of-body experiences are treated like real memories by the brain, forging intimacy that has been built by the creator of a digital world. The artworks explore what it means to live in a mediated state. Bodies grope the air around them, their hands searching for affirmation of existence. Tentatively their fingers flex, grounding the reality they now find themselves in.

The contours of these figures shift, an imprint of movement time-lapsed between fiction and the tangible. Like in many of Pick's other paintings, the trace of a liminal world is visible just beyond the surface. God Helmet speaks to the unknown, a colloquial name given to an experimental apparatus of the 1970s that transmitted low frequency magnetic energy to the brain, thought to aid the study of creative and religious experience. Accounts from many participants displayed a genuine belief that they had connected directly with God.

Image: Seraphine Pick, Untitled, 2018, coloured pencil on paper, 295 x 210mm

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