Te Tuhi launches spring ex­hi­bi­tion


Te Tuhi Cen­tre for the Arts launched its spring ex­hi­bi­tion last Satur­day, Au­gust 12, an­nounc­ing the win­ner of the 10th an­nual Iris Fisher Schol­ar­ship.

Fine arts stu­dent Christina Pata­ialii was awarded $5000 to sup­port her en­rol­ment in the vis­ual arts/fine arts field. The artis­tic di­rec­tor of the East Auck­land cen­tre, Gabriela Sal­gado, says Pata­ialii’s art­work analy­ses the dom­i­nance of the Western in­flu­ence in painting and the ef­fect it has had on post-colo­nial artis­tic works.

‘‘Due to her use of or­di­nary house­hold ma­te­ri­als and large for­mat, her paint­ings in­vite a dance-like re­la­tion­ship with the viewer that im­preg­nates the gallery with the ex­pe­ri­ence of pub­lic spa­ces, where the eye en­gages with mass media im­ages,’’ Sal­gado says.

The spring open­ing also in­tro­duced Lisa Crow­ley’s The In­can­des­cents, which ex­hibits a video in­stal­la­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tive news­pa­per-style pub­li­ca­tion. Crow­ley com­bines a num­ber of con­cepts to find an al­ter­na­tive to how cap­i­tal­ism gives dif­fer­ent value to peo­ple, ob­jects and work.

Us­ing those two com­po­nents, she ex­plores how sub­jec­tive and ob­jec­tive think­ing are not sep­a­rate but in­ter­con­nected.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on at Te Tuhi Cen­tre for the Arts, Paku­ranga, un­til Oc­to­ber 22.


Christina Pata­ialii, the 2017 Iris Fisher Schol­ar­ship win­ner, pro­duces large art can­vasses such as these.

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