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The Wal­lace Art Awards, now in its 25th year, is the long­est sur­viv­ing and largest an­nual art award of its kind in New Zealand, sup­port­ing, pro­mot­ing, and ex­pos­ing New Zealand con­tem­po­rary art and artists. This year’s Kaipara Wal­lace Arts Trust Award, one of eight awards with prizes amount­ing to over $220K, was awarded to Jeremy Blin­coe for his 2016 work Tropic of Chaos.

The work, in­spired by the book of the same ti­tle by Chris­tian Par­en­tia, is a com­pos­ite im­age formed from the pho­tographed sub­ject be­ing dig­i­tally worked on at a later stage. It is bold and highly pro­duced, and the patina of ad­ver­tis­ing aes­thet­ics is ap­par­ent — no sur­prise given that’s where Jeremy’s back­ground lies. But, in con­trast to ad­ver­tis­ing’s usual in­tent, Blin­coe has wider so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns to ad­dress in his work.

In his artist state­ment, Jeremy Blin­coe de­scribes his work as, “set in or against a va­ri­ety of strange and mys­te­ri­ous nat­u­ral set­tings that I ei­ther shoot on lo­ca­tion or edit dur­ing post-pro­duc­tion: lime­stone and rock caves, the un­du­lat­ing dunes of a sandy desert, the cracked and black­ened-earth shores of a dried-up lake … While adding dra­matic visual im­pact, they also func­tion as sig­ni­fiers of the beauty and/or degra­da­tion and de­struc­tion our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment suf­fers through hu­man in­ter­ven­tion and nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.”

Jeremy’s work will be shown as part of the Wal­lace Art Award Win­ners and Trav­el­ling Fi­nal­ists ex­hi­bi­tion, on at Pah Homestead, Auck­land, from Septem­ber 6 to Novem­ber 13; then con­tin­u­ing on to Wal­lace Gallery Mor­rinsville, from Novem­ber 30 to Fe­bru­ary 5; and fi­nally to Pataka Art + Mu­seum, Porirua, from Fe­bru­ary 26 to May 7.

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