Exhibitions by Faith McManus and Sheyne Tuffery
are almost ready to open at Solander Gallery in Wellington.
Opening event is 5.30-7pm on Wednesday 31 July.
Faith McManus: Not a post-colonial Poodle
Faith's exhibition ponders the question; "What if the French had colonised Aotearoa/ New Zealand?
I am only thinking about the pleasurable bits here:
food, wine, fashion, art, poodles and high standards of grooming.
The French Poodle as metaphor and sign has allowed me to ask serious questions in a playful way
and offset the gloom of the recession. Yes, that does sound a little Marie Antoinette.
But my questions include; what is valuable? And what do we value?
I have adapted the Diamante poodle brooch – all sparkle and shine."
Sheyne Tuffery: USO and the Dragonslayer
Inspired by his 3D motion graphic work at the city gallery 'Ghost in the Machine'.
Sheyne's exhibition depicts themes of romanticism in Polynesian chiefs,
with a notable influence of John Webber, official artist on Captain Cook's fourth fatal voyage.
These works chart the implications of traditional Samoan chiefly roles in a modern world.