Mortimer in new lineup
‘‘He reminds us of the human capacity for both evil and redemption.’’
Roger Mortimer’s exhibition Dilemma Hill is set to open at Pataka Art + Museum on February 26 as part of the gallery’s new seasonal line-up.
Mortimer’s work has been described as ‘‘a post-modern and post-colonial take on the earliest chartings of New Zealand coast by Europeans through contemporary eyes’’.
Graphic imagery lifted from medieval manuscripts set on New Zealand marine charts powerfully reflects contemporary global turmoil, said Pataka contemporary art curator Mark Hutchins-Pond.
Dilemma Hill showcases the last 16 years of Mortimer’s art practice - from the elaborate calligraphy of quirky early works based on bills, bureaucratic documents and mail-order catalogues - to his recent exploration of imagery drawn from illustrated manuscripts of Dante’s 14th century epic poem, The Divine Comedy.
While most of the exhibits are large paintings on canvas, there will also be china paintings on ceramic and an etched and inked surfboard on display.
Hutchins-Pond said Mortimer’s highly personal paintings portray both beauty and barbarity, reflecting the universal struggle of the human condition.
‘‘His menacing yet delicately coloured depictions invite both psychological and political readings and remind us of the human capacity for both evil and redemption.’’
Dilemma Hill is a joint project between Pataka and the Gus Fisher Gallery at the University of Auckland.