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.