Meretoto: Transit

Mary McFarlane, Areta Wilkinson, Mark Adams, Wayne Seyb, Nigel Brown
25 August - 21 September 2019

Preview: 25 August 4pm

From the dramatic to the mysterious, the second of our Meretoto/Ship Cove exhibitions presents unique, and differing artistic perspectives on 250 years of shared histories. Since early 2017, we’ve been hosting artists in Picton and taking them out to this place of the most sustained contact between Māori and Captain James Cook, as it became his favoured anchorage.

But the project is not Cook-centric – it is about shared histories and viewpoints, and the brief to the 16 artists we’ve taken there was entirely open, while coinciding with 250 years since first encounters with Cook in New Zealand.

This exhibition includes dazzling, mysterious mirror works by Mary McFarlane – shifting from her familiar Moon series to focus on Venus, whose transit brought Cook to the South Pacific, and guided other explorers. Master of expressive landscape, Wayne Seyb, captures the enduring energy of place, and supplements with smaller abstracts based on journals and encounters as well as landforms.

Areta Wilkinson (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāti Wheke), known for striking contemporary art jewellery, joins forces with renowned photographer and Cook expert Mark Adams to produce distinctive collaborative works – to be revealed at the Sunday afternoon opening! And new paintings from Nigel Brown lay down a challenge on myth vs truth in the telling of human histories; works that will certainly provoke thought and debate on perspective.