This exhibition brings together the work of two recent graduates who, through photography and video, explore the meanings and possibilities in the representation of landscape. The work of both artists is underpinned by adventure and references to the way photographic depictions of land are cultural constructs, which may have social, scientific, political or economic agendas.
Jonathan Kay’s project investigates a sub-marine landscape – the planet’s deepest ocean trenches. In his three-dimensional renderings, Kay becomes the explorer, pushing the boundaries of photographic representation to create an imaginative experience of discovery of the unknown. Kay’s work was developed for his recently completed Master of Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington.
Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi) explores and critiques the representation of New Zealand’s conservation estate as a pristine and untouched wilderness. Using old and newer technologies, Māori place names and referencing narratives about the land, she seeks to show the land as known and inhabited. Reweti produced this body of work for her Master of Maori Visual Arts at Massey University, Palmerston North.
Press release courtesy Bartley & Company Art.