This weekend I was lucky enough to get out of the city
and popped in to Whangarei Art Museum to see "Distant Kinship",
an exhibition showcasing the work of 18 printmakers
from Grafiekgroep Bergen in The Netherlands
and the Print Council of Aotearoa NZ.
In 1642 the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman reached a new land in the Pacific Ocean and his cartographers named it New Zealand, after the Dutch province Zeeland. A kinship, distant in historical terms, was then born. Nearly four centuries later we now propose an exhibition of prints by Dutch and New Zealand artists: a contemporary kinship of printmakers, distant in geographical terms.
Featuring New Zealand artists: Jacqueline Aust, Kathy Boyle, Beth Charles,
Mark Graver, Steve Lovett, Kim Lowe, Prue MacDougall,
Catherine Macdonald, and Carole Shepheard.
Featured Dutch artists: Elsbeth Cochius, Gea Karhof, Hans Kleinsman,
Madeleine Leddy, Piet Lont, Nan Mulder, Jadranka Njegovan,
José van Tubergen, Eric van der Wal.
|Hans Kleinman, Moving |
"Constructed from a range of digital impulses while travelling,
a self-developed drawing machine transfers the image from the digital world
onto large lithographic stones and separate layers of colours can then be printed."
|Gea Karhof, Towards the Unknown |
Here is a video Mark Graver made that introduces the NZ artists:
It's a great collection of works, and well worth the effort to go check it out.
For more information & artist statements, see: whangareiartmuseum.co.nz