Sunday, 18 March 2018
Tauranga Art Gallery
This morning for my birthday (I turned 47 today) we visited the Tauranga Art Gallery. I have mixed thoughts about this place. My grandfather was an artist and painted paintings in water colour and oils, he held exhibitions in Auckland city during the 1960s so I guess that's what I'm use to.
This section "Future Islands" was alot of fun, in particular I liked the Maori storage hut (above) which appears to have a small ornament of the white house inside it, possibly made from bone, we weren't sure.
This area produced by Charles Walker and Kathy Waghorn represents real and imagined projects that show the diversity of our architecture.
The "road at the end of the universe" was a lit up section in another room, we couldn't quite figure it out but it's creative nonetheless.
I loved this one titled "the space between" by James Ormsby. To me it shows the ground and what's under the sky.
The gallery as we were walking up the stairs with a resident artist illustrating a long scroll from his perch.
This one was cool. "Postcard to Doctor Jacoby" by Hannah and Aaron Beehre was interactive. You can't see in this photo but there were tiny fireflies swarming around the picture whenever you put your hands near it.
I looked at this and had 3 thoughts....what a huge mess, I like the colours and I pity the person that has to clean this up. Weaving Forest by Super Nature.
These bowls were made by The Bowl Exchange and called "Ace Firers".
And just behind the bowls were the Resolution Series of Captain Clerke and an unknown Maori person by Tane Ma. The person behind the wall was exploring a virtual reality of Maori images.
All in all I think although it was interesting for us to see how much art has come along, in particular digital art we were a bit disappointed as we had expected perhaps more paintings by local artists both historical and modern.