NEWTON AND THE PIECE BOMB // ARTSPACE EMERGING ARTIST SHOW // ARTSPACE AKL // 2010
Forming a bridge through materiality and audience response to incite the idea of the sacred space. The work calls on meditation and mediation for engagement to occur combining cultural materials associated to festival, ceremony and ritual. The work allows for aan intuitive relationship to scent site and feeling that are generating through the energetic and spiritual overtones of the work.
The audience is invited to release the contents of the work held together by origami vessels, entering and altering the work. Through this process the division between artist and audience dissolves and the work becomes a more invested collaboration both physically and emotionally. Encouraging a sense of equality and community to be established for its makers. Milan Mrkusich referred to the mystical’ or transcendent, stating the aims instead are to intuitively arrive at archetypal forms that speak of an underlying truth, using forms that alluded to harmonious mental states. Knowing You, Knowing Me brings together artists who work across two specific mediums; performance and drawing. At first glance these mediums might seem an unlikely combination, but within Knowing You, Knowing Me they are connected through an emphasis on small and personal gestures. The works in this exhibition span a range of concerns and ideas but each demonstrate an interest in a subjective connection. There is a handmade quality to much of the work, and a strongly defined sense of the self.