Art gallery ready to re­open

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

The Art Gallery at Te Man­awa has been a hive of ac­tiv­ity this past week, as staff ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touches for its re­open­ing to the pub­lic this Satur­day.

Scis­sor-lifts hum and in­struc­tions are called out as the pro­jec­tors in Gallery 4 get a fine-tun­ing. They’re dis­play­ing David Lup­ton’s dig­i­tal in­stal­la­tion, based on his on­go­ing project with Te Man­awa to pho­to­graph the many works on pa­per in the col­lec­tion. It is dif­fi­cult to dis­play a lot of these items at once be­cause of their fragility. Dig­i­tal dis­play cuts across this prob­lem and makes these art­works pub­licly vis­i­ble sooner.

Dig­i­tal in­ter­ac­tiv­ity is be­ing taken to a level never be­fore seen in the Art Gallery. Perched on a stool in the cen­tre of Gallery Three, lead de­signer Ro­han Kidd cre­ates a vir­tual tour of artist David Pearce’s large work Un­ti­tled, a dig­i­tal de­con­struc­tion of its many el­e­ments. Vis­i­tors use a tablet to nav­i­gate the dif­fer­ent parts of the paint­ing — a tui, a model plane, a wil­low­pat­tern plate — and learn more about the ideas and themes.

In Gallery Two, a small tablet sta­tion stands be­fore dis­play racks of art­works. Ev­ery sea­son, these will be swapped for new ones. The con­stant ro­ta­tion of works means it’s more prac­ti­cal to present in­for­ma­tion about them on a screen that vis­i­tors can ac­cess for them­selves, and that can be up­dated with the touch of a but­ton.

There’s an ex­cit­ing fu­ture for the Art Gallery, which the pub­lic can share on Satur­day from 10am. En­try is free.

Some of the largest works in the Te Man­awa col­lec­tion will be on dis­play.

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