LAND, Natchez Hudson
Natchez Hudson holds a BA of Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland , had been finalist in NZ contemporary Art Awards such as Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, ....runs until 24 February 2018.
Natchez Hudson about his work:
“Land” is a painting based installation. At its heart, this exhibition asks questions about the purpose and place of landscape-based art in the contemporary world. What are these type of paintings for? Is it purely decorative, or can it be part of a broader conversation; can it be both critically and emotionally relevant? Perhaps no artistic subject matter has as many art-historic and societal connotations as landscape paintings, particularly in New Zealand. Landscape painting has a long history in this country, at various times tied up with ideas of exploration, colonialism, modernism and national identity. For many people in New Zealand, landscape painting continues to represent their ideal of “real” art, alongside other strictly representational artwork. However, as a mode of artistic expression in 2017 it can struggle for relevance in a more critical sense. These artworks investigate some of these issues and seek to repurpose the genre for a modern audience.
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