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E:scape: Sculpture in the Landscape: Catalogue essay


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2000 word catalogue essay written in conjunction with the curated show E:scape at Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park

Curatorial premise: Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park presents the opportunity to exhibit art in a truly unique and challenging environment, It provides the artist with the opportunity to experiment with notions of scale, context and materials beyond the conventional limitations of a gallery environment and allows visitors a contemplative and engaging setting for viewing art.

The sheer scale and natural beauty of the park raises a significant challenge for the artist. What needs to be added to this environment? The gallery exists as a means for stripping away context, at Waitakaruru artists have to negotiate land, light, weather, colour, etc. I am interested in the point where the work meets and connects with the environment. This connection may be complimentary or conflicting, supportive or subversive, regardless though it is this relationship which communicates with the viewer.

Invited artists will reflect the scope of innovative contemporary art practice in New Zealand. Emphasis will be placed on emerging artists as well as established artists who are interested in moving outside of traditional gallery environments.

Invited artists include Sean Burke, Jim Cooper, Sean Crawford, Dan Emery, Fred Graham, Jon Hall, Carole Fletcher, John Ioane, Gaye Jurisich, Gregar Kregor, James McCarthy.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: E:scape, curator, Waitakaruru Arboretum, catalogue essay
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: Kim Paton
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 02:49
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:58

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