OverView is a major survey of contemporary New Zealand art in three parts.
The first exhibition entitled Is As: Landscape as Metaphor continues until December 3.
In the hands of our major painters, sculptors and glass artists the New Zealand landscape is revealed in layered detail, subject focus and meaning. The landscape carries messages, points of view. Landscape has become immediate, living and close to hand. It also now has a varying scale and complexity of function. It can be external and internal. It can be backyard, mountaintop, islands in the sun, a tree growing, a garden, a lake, and the detail of a rock pool.
This nationally significant exhibition has a number of internal dialogues, including the state of our environment; cultural presence and memory in the landscape; landscape as architecture, signifier, and object of the sublime. Landscape as a reality and spiritual force in New Zealand has long moved on from the debate of man alone, moved from subjugation and confrontation to participation, observation and companionship as well.
Landscape is now being used by our artists as a metaphor about who and what we are just as much as of who and what the landscape is.