Opening Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 5:30-7:30pm
Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
Celebrate the opening of this group exhibition featuring Cat Auburn & Estella Castle, Rebecca Hasselman and Bridget Reweti.
With the Whanganui River recently given the status of ‘legal person’, it is timely to consider art’s enduring interest in exploring our relationship with nature, with the places where we live and our impact on the environment.
Vernon Tava has very helpfully backgrounded the development of the concept of legal person status, for a river or land, as a means of overcoming the limitations imposed by viewing nature as property. While this is likely to be most useful in addressing environmental degradation the appointment of iwi interests, as the human face or guardian of the legal person, recognises broader claims, feelings, about water and land.
This exhibition presents, through painting, photography and moving image, three different ways contemporary artists engage with nature. Inevitably going beyond traditional naturalistic representational landscape paintings, they position us in the land rather than simply looking at it.
Image: Bridget Reweti, Hāte (detail), 2016, hand coloured silver gelatin photograph, 380 x 260 mm
Bartley + Company Art
Date(s) - 29/03/2017 - 22/04/2017