Inland: Bob Kerr & Bing Dawe

  • Opening Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
  • Closing Date: Sunday, 6 November 2016
  • Opening Time: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 11-4pm & Sun 11-3pm

Bob Kerr's paintings of New Zealand landscapes show traces of a human presence and suggest a sense of concern for the damage done to the land. His paintings reiterate humankind's formidable impact on the environment, and showcase how even seemingly remote and vast spaces are not void of human activity. Roads cut into bare hills suggest the threat of erosion and ecologocial damage; the dry land and thin vegetation is cleverly conveyed with washes and scrapes of acrylic.

The juxtaposition of the macro and micro aspects of humankind and nature also plays out in Bing Dawe's work. Bing references a family of small fish called Galaxiidae, of which four species are our native whitebait. These fish get their name from their spotted colouring, which resembles stars in the galaxy. Bing references the vastness of space and the universal nature of the night sky, to elevate the fish's size and convey the implication of their imminent loss on a grand scale.

 

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