evan woodruffe
tattered by attempting moonbeams

3 - 21 June 2014

Tattered by attempting moonbeams, Evan Woodruffe's latest exhibition at OREXART, shows an artist who is hungrily chasing new directions. The works are full of frizzing colour and sci-fi landscapes. It's uncertain whether they're of our own planet or images beamed back from a distant Mars Rover, utopian or dystopian, a present condition or a psychedelic vision of a future.

These paintings give a strong narrative impression, yet they remain obscure. The stories they seem on the point of sharing with us are cloaked in a kind of harrowing beauty that prevents a clear reading of the work. It's almost like the images are offered up as a negotiation: is this what we have? Is this what we desire? Yet there is no judgment; the scene could easily be as joyous as toxic, and while the colours tend towards an alarming intensity, there is no doubting the artist's delight in playing with paint. It's this tension between the seductive materiality of thick metallic bronze and hyper-loaded colour with the stark landscapes, isolated from human interaction, that makes the work so fascinating.

Tattered by attempting moonbeams is Woodruffe's ninth solo show since 2003, and he has works in significant collections, such as the Wallace Art Trust. He's the recipient of the 2011 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award and the 2003 Becroft Premier Award, and is currently completing his MFA at Elam, University of Auckland.

14th May 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 700 x 1000mm

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30th March 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 1500 x 1050mm

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17th April 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 500 x 650mm

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8th May 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 700 x 500mm

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15th April 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 700 x 900mm

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21st April 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 1500 x 1050mm

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24th April 2014, 2014. Mixed media on linen. 305 x 250 mm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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Artwork title, 2010. Oil on canvas. 121.5 x 107 cm

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