NZ CONTEMPORARY ART
TJALLING DEVRIES – NAOMI CLEMENTS – VICTORIA MUNRO – MATTHEW CROOKS – JULIAN HOLCROFT – ANNA REES – JULIA HOLDEN – MATT DOWMAN – PIPPA SANDERSON – ASHLIN RAYMOND – LYDIA CHAI – ALBERT CHAN – STACEY TURNER – ANDREW GRENFELL – ANYA WHITLOCK – CEALLAIGH NORMAN – ELSA THORP – ANDRE HEMER – LESLEY KNIGHT – PIPPA MAKGILL – KRISTEN DRYBURGH
New Zealand was once described as ‘a country with no momentous present, but with a future’. Its geographical remoteness from the rest of the world continues to be a thought at the back of the minds of its countrymen, but enough time has passed for it to be less of a hang up now: remoteness is its own virtue, as its artists and writers have pointed out. In this new exhibition, twenty New Zealand artists have been invited to exhibit in an exhibition called “Choice!” The exhibition’s title is a play on the exclaimative slang word synonymous with “Awesome!” Its tone is celebratory and affirmative. The art has journeyed from many places and has come in varying shapes and sizes. Many pieces have been mailed to Melbourne and resemble bulky postcards from home.