After a sustained period of working monochromatically, colour makes a dramatic re-entry into Glen Wolfgrammâ€™s latest work.
Appropriately entitled ‘Colors’, this recent work deploys colour like an explosive, adding complexity and tension to the patterns that hint of tapa cloth, carvings, foliage, fish and birds – yet never quite resolve themselves. The deliberate US English spelling of the single word title, suggests other possible insights into the worksâ€™ energy and collision, questioning what force this predominant culture has on Pasifika culture, and Wolfgrammâ€™s mark-making.
TJ McNamara described Wolfgramm’s work in his 2007 exhibition as having â€œAuckland in the foreground; Polynesia in the background.â€ This is also true of these recent paintings, in which polynesian motifs emerge obscurely from within the vivid colours, spliced with marks reminiscent of the pace and energy of city-living.
‘Islander’ (2013), an impressive loose canvas painting featured in Patakaâ€™s exhibition ‘Tonga â€˜I Onopooni Tonga Contemporary’, was aptly described by Mark Amery as â€œlashed together by strident mark-making that celebrates the old and the new coming together, creating new spaces, whilst also somehow expressing an anxiety about what all this melding of forms is bringing.â€
This latest work harnesses all of the energy inherent in previous shows, and detonates a series of deeper, more sustained explosions.
15 July – 2 August
Orexart, Arch Hill, Auckland
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