Opening day artist talk | Saturday November 25, 3pm
Opening Saturday November 25, 4pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday November 25, 2017 to Wednesday February 28, 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
Kushana Bush (b. 1983) inhabits a singular position within contemporary New Zealand art. Reaching across history, culture and society, her meticulously detailed compositions, multi-ethnic characters and open-ended narratives combine to create a unique visual language. It is an approach that has attracted significant attention for this Dunedin-based artist, drawing audiences into the complex choreography of her world.
The Burning Hours focuses on works made between 2014-2016, showing audiences what happens when Bush pushes her compositional limits and uses the entire surface of the paper. This recent body of work is rich with detail – each surface, of gouache and gold, is filled with references to illuminated manuscripts, Persian miniatures, European art history and modern life. These disparate sources bind Bush’s works to both the past and the present; the historical and the contemporary. Human interactions, humour, ambiguity, dramatic tension and intimate scale are her tools to draw viewers into a private conversation and, in some cases, a spiritual space.
Image: Us Lucky Observers 2016 (detail). Collection of Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Date(s) - 25/11/2017 - 28/02/2018