Hokianga trustees take a turn

By Peter de Graaf

The latest show at Village Arts in Kohukohu, North Hokianga, brings together for the first time artworks by the gallery's five trustees.

Called [untitled] the show runs until December 12 and is as varied as the trustees themselves - from photography to art based on mathematical algorithms, from the esoteric to kitset aeroplanes.

Photographer Marg Morrow's works are photo collages of a rusting truck which used to perch on an old jetty over the harbour. Considered an eyesore by some, others regarded it as a thing of beauty and one of the Hokianga's great icons.

Assembled from hand-toned silver gelatine prints, the artworks explore ''the fragmentation of memory'' and her recollections of the truck as it slowly disintegrated.

``Memory is such a fickle and unreliable thing,'' she said.

Phil Evans' works were inspired when his mother sent him a bundle of his childhood drawings. Sick in bed between the ages of five and six-and-a-half, the young Philip passed his days reading and drawing. His pictures are an attempt to reproduce as exactly as possible, but on a larger scale, his childhood drawings.

A number of life-changing events, including the birth of his first grandchild, had led him to revisit his past.

''I saw it as a re-connection with my youth,'' he said.

John Wigglesworth's section combines his interests in algorithms, electronics and art; while Lindsay Antrobus Evans' sculpture installation explores the themes of ''meaning, doubt and integration''.

Ironically, Wally Hicks' contribution is all about avoiding contributing to an art show.

As one of the five trustees he was expected to take part but procrastinated, instead spending his time building kitset planes from World War II's Pacific theatre.

''It also asks the question, what constitutes art? These are the lengths I will go to to avoid making art,'' he said.

The show does not have a unifying theme but was inspired by a satirical movie about an upmarket New York art gallery and how far art could be pushed.

''We enjoyed the irony of being inspired by a movie set in a very upmarket gallery in New York about the absurdity of the international art scene,'' Mr Wigglesworth said.

- Northern Advocate

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