Welcome to Out of the Blue...
of The Blue features the work of 18 Maori and Pacific Island
artists from Aotearoa. Using contemporary mediums and images they create
work that bridges the world of their ancestors with their global urban
reality. Like their ancestors these artists manipulate available materials
in the innovative practices you see here. These works tell the stories
of experiences, people, ideas and issues important to the artists, their
families and their communities today.
Out of the Blue deliberately and intentionally conjures up a peaceful, blue, seductive, idyllic Pacific existence. The art works in this exhibition however, powerfully counter and often parody this cliche in a myriad of ways. The exhibition is designed to articulate a range of narratives concerned with issues of spirituality, colonization, migration, the environment, globalization, representation, and creation of identities -- issues significant today.
of the Blue
locates itself firmly in the heart of the Pacific. The exhibition speaks
of journeys and interactions, past and present, physical and metaphysical.
Showcasing the dynamism of Maori and Pacific Island art, the exhibition
acts to transmit yesterdays knowledge to toady's audiences.
of the Blue celebrates the vision and ongoing contribution
that Maori and Pacific Island arts communities have played in shaping
New Zealand's identity as a Pacific Nation.
Out of the Blue was curated specifically for the Hawkes Bay Exhibition centre. Unlike the blue Pacific that often conceals the turbulent currents underneath, this exhibition addresses the fundamental issues of our day. It is my hope that Out of the Blue not only reflects the varied Maori and Pacific Island identities present, but also the ideals and dreams of Hastings and its surrounding communities.
Peterson, M.A, Dip Arts
Age Art Auckland NZ