Corban Estate Art Centre presents three exhibitions exploring the environment from 17 February to 9 April 2017.
Waikawa – Charlotte Graham
Charlotte Graham (Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Tamaoho, Ngati Whanaunga, Ngati Paoa) is a prolific painter who draws on her Maori ancestry to address critical issues that affect New Zealand society and indigenous land rights. In this new series of work Graham addresses overconsumption and ocean acidification, focusing on the impact and effects on her tribal lands and seas.
This sky, too, is folding under you – Natasha Matila-Smith
Auckland based artist Natasha Matila-Smith’s practice addresses the restrictive representation and exoticisation of contemporary Pacific culture. In This sky, too, is folding under you she investigates these ideas through a process of considered visual decisions and the use of nostalgic materials, drawing inspiration from pop-culture as well as familiar and romanticised iconography.
At a Loss – A. D. Schierning
Although the impact of humanity on the natural world is undeniable, the Earth has been in an ever-shifting and self-evolving process for millions of years, as is evident by the long history of extinct plants and animals not related to human presence.
At a Loss explores progress, loss and meaning through artist A. D. Schierning’s painted biological accounts of extinct and endangered plant species on native wood samples. Schierning questions our ability to both create and disturb balance, whilst paying homage to the natural world and its mysterious powers.
Saturday Gallery Club: 18 March, 10:30am – 12pm
Artists talk: Sat 1 April, 2pm (as part of Open Arts Day 2017)
Image: A. D. Schierning, ‘Glossopteris’ (2016), detail courtesy the artist.