pacific voices II
group show

27 August - 14 September 2013

In 2012, Herald art critic T.J. McNamara said that Pacific Voices at Orexart was a valuable compliment to the exhibition of art by Pacific Island artists Home AKL shown at Auckland Art Gallery. This year the gallery presents Pacific Voices II with new works by Glen Wolfgramm (Tonga), Dylan Lind (Rarotonga), and introducing Margaret Aull (Fiji/Maori) and Dagmar Dyck (Tonga).

ARTIST BIO'S

Margaret Aull's work reflects the tensions of culture and identity between her Fijian and Maori ancestry. Her work is the ongoing effort to find equilibrium between the two cultural powerhouses by investigating the relationships of whakapapa, faith and politics. Aull investigates the notion of Tapu/Tabu, specifically of objects and personal items created as visual representations of ancestors and gods, and the relationships that existed with their owners and communities during their "life" time. - PIMPI KNOWS

Dagmar Dyck is a first generation New Zealander of Tongan and German heritage. She has developed a style of of mark making that is distinctly her own, inspired by the transformation of raw material to woven treasure in 'Koloa', the textile arts of Tonga. In her works she pays homage to the intrinsic values and respect embodied in this art form.

Dylan Lind is of Cook Island and European descent and has exhibited with Orexart since 2005. Lind's puzzle-like work mixes the abstract techniques of the neo-expressionists with the patterns of the traditional Pacific quilts known as tivaevae. For Lind, painting is both conceptual, exploring the contrast between the "slow moving soft lines and vibrant colours" of traditional Polynesian arts and the "hard-edged, sometimes uncompromising nature of more developed nations", and tactile, an expression of his pure joy in the physical act of spilling glossy enamel onto a clean canvas.

Glen Wolfgramm is of Tongan and Irish descent who has exhibited with Orexart since 2000. Much of the dynamic tension in Wolfgramm's work stems from the conflicting cultures that define his current life and ancestry. Wolfgramm looks upon Tonga as a "foreign homeland"; yet he also considers himself "an ordinary Kiwi" within a changing New Zealand ethnographic landscape, where the Pacific is not only where we 'are' but increasingly where we are 'from'. Art historian Dr Leonard Bell wrote of his work, "[Wolfgramm's] paintings have a strong physicality. There is nothing virtual here. That they are handmade is fore-grounded. There is a sense of the artist immersed in his medium, marking out the spaces he inhabits, as if attempting to map some new territory."

- From Art New Zealand | Number 138 | Winter 2011

Glen Wolfgramm Islander, 2013. Acrylic, Indian ink and varnish on loose canvas. 2100 x 3900 mm

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Glen Wolfgramm Hood Y, 2013, Acrylic, graphite & ink on a car-hood. 1300 x 1400mm.

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Dagmar Dyck Outside the line - Part II, 2013. Ink-acrylic on paper and tapa, print and handwork. 540 x 740 mm

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Dagmar Dyck Outside the line - Part I, 2013. Ink-acrylic on paper and tapa, print and handwork. 540 x 740 mm

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Dagmar Dyck Finding that place, 2013. Screen print/woodcut/acrylic and ink on canvas and tapa.
1650 x 1800 mm

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Margaret Aull Pacific - niger, 2012. Acrylic, ochre on paper. 700 x 495mm

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Margaret Aull E Moemoea, 2012. Acrylic, ochre on paper. 700 x 495mm

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Dylan Lind Blue, 2013. Acrylic, enamel and spray-paint on canvas. 1820 x 1520 mm.

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Dylan Lind #yosoyvenezolano, 2013. Acrylic, enamel and spray-paint on canvas. 1820 x 1520 mm.

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Dylan Lind Who's afraid of beige, umber and taupe? 2013. Acrylic, enamel and
spray-paint on canvas. 1820 x 1520 mm.

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Dagmar Dyck Strength in numbers - Part I, 2013. Ink & acrylic on paper
print and handwork 1/1. 1000 x 670 mm (3 panels)

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Dagmar Dyck Strength in numbers - Part I, 2013. Ink & acrylic on paper - print and handwork 1/1
800 x 1000 mm (3 panels)

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Margaret Aull Little savage, Look! , 2012. Acrylic, ochre on paper.
700 x 495mm

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