Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga is pleased to announce the opening of Andrew Beck: Soft Filter and City of tomorrow: Natalie Guy and Gavin Hipkins.
Andrew Beck: Soft Filter is a brand new commission created especially for the atrium of the gallery by the Tauranga Moana-born, Te Wanganui-a-Tara based artist.
Combining photography, painting, sculpture and installation, soft filter is inspired by influences such as various like science fiction film The matrixthe work of surrealist artist Jean Cocteau and the music genre Vaporwave.
VVisitors are presented on a large scale, immersive experience in which these formal and thematic elements are mergedencouraging skidding from one form to another.
In the upstairs galleries, City of tomorrow: Natalie Guy and Gavin Hipkins gather the work of Tamaki Makaurau-based photographer and moving image artist Gavin Hipkins and Tauranga Moana-born, Tamaki Makaurau-Sculptor Natalie Guy.
Both explore influence modern architecture, a building style that emphasizes function and form decoration. Works includedude Guy The Genius Loci of the Chapel 2020, an imposing Three– sculpture partly inspired by the late Switzerland-French architect Our Lady by Le Corbusier-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France, as well as the Futuna Chapel in Wellington and the Hipkins move picture work city of tomorrow 2017 that reflects on the symbolism of the planned city of ChandīgarhIndia.
Tauranga Art Gallery is also delighted present Hipkins Epic Photographic Series The Warm II 2001-2017, tour by City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.
A combinationoddstill familiar scenes shot entirely with an amateur camera, The warm II explore our differences and similarities with the UK in a 35 meters-long strip of images made up of 80 individual images photographs.
“We are delighted to present this dynamic range of new exhibits in both floors of our gallery,” says Stephen Cleland, director of the Tauranga Art Gallery.
“From Andrew Beck’s epic optical installation to the thinks of Le Corbusier’s legacy in the work of Natalie Guy and Gavin Hipkins, this suite of shows reveals insightful and sometimes surprising interconnections around theme architecture, modernism and broader approaches to photography.”
This series of exhibitions is completed by a free in conversation an event with the three artists at 11 a.m. Saturday June 4 2022, the day of the opening of the exhibition.