Post-Graffiti Pacific is not just another graffiti exhibition. Itâ€™s a statement and a definition – a bold assertion of language, history, culture, expression and the significance of place in art making. Curator Olivia Laita and her line-up of seven leading Post-Graffiti Pacific artists are proposing, with conviction, the dawn of a new movement in art.
Post-Graffiti Pacific, which launches at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Chippendale on Thursday 16 July from 6-9pm, seeks, in part, to organise the way we talk about urban contemporary art. As urban contemporary artists have evolved to straddle the divide between public and studio practice, terms like â€˜graffitiâ€™ and â€˜street artâ€™ have become insufficient to describe the activities and motivations of todayâ€™s urban artists. â€˜Post-Graffitiâ€™ is now a recognised term, used to describe the work of artists whose backgrounds in graffiti inform their professional artistic practice. Â
aMBUSH Galleryâ€™s director Bill Dimas says, â€œThe way the flourishing urban contemporary art movement permeates geographical borders in order to both unify and distinguish cultures and modes of expression has been one of aMBUSHâ€™s driving motivators since the day we launched. It is exciting to be working with Olivia and the Post-Graffiti Pacific artists in bringing their perspectives and skills before a Sydney audience so we can continue to explore the potential of urban contemporary art and its future as a movement.â€
In embracing the concept of Post-Graffiti, and to further crystalise their roles in and relationships to the new urban contemporary art movement, the seven Post-Graffiti Pacific artists also use their work to emphasise their cultural backgrounds as New Zealanders. Through Post-Graffiti Pacific, they intend to platform themselves as representatives of Post-Graffiti artists who hail from the greater Pacific region.
Curator Olivia Laita says, â€œPost-Graffiti Pacific is the vehicle for [the artists] to explore the complexity of issues relating to a region that accounts for around a third of the planet and 40% of global trade. Human migration in both the ancient and modern and the pre and post-colonial context provides the basis for the artists to cover a multitude of subjects that encompass everything from ancient exploration, mythology, identity, economics and environmental issues.â€
Curated by Olivia Laita Benjamin Work, Gary Silipa and Route52
16 July – 23 August 2015
aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Chippendale, Sydney< BACK TO LISTINGS