Wairarapa News : January 11th 2012
9 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 11, 2012 ART & ENTERTAINMENT 4280526AA MAURICEVILLE KOPUARANGA FAIR ASSOCIATION INC. SINCERELY THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TRUST HOUSE PRIME COMMUNITY TRUST HATUMA LIME CO. 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By ANNE TAYLOR Last weekend we had a shocking reminder of the precariousness of human existence, when 11 people died tragically in Clareville. It now seems as if the whole region is trying to grapple with the enormity of that terrible event. The unpredictability of our lives, and our own fragility in the face of natural and unnatural disasters, is of course an uncomfortable truth that most of us can quietly ignore most of the time. Unless we are emergency or hospice workers, or Buddhists (some of whom make con- templation of death a daily practice), we are largely sheltered from this. The comparative wealth and security we enjoy in New Zealand helps a lot, along with a functional health sys- tem that has its triumphs over life- threatening diseases, and gives hope to people suffering from even the most serious conditions. In countries where such safety nets and the most basic resources are non-existent, people unfortunately have a working knowledge of death and disaster forced daily into their consciousness. The profound and challenging facts of our own mortality have been grist for the mill for artists since Greek and Roman times. Perhaps the most appealing renditions on this theme (at least on the surface) have come from the Dutch still-life painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. Their opulent and often huge compositions of flowers, fruit and food actually carried a message about the painful impermanence of life. Search these canvases and you will inevitably find a butterfly -- so easily crushed by clumsy fingers -- or a candle -- already flickering. The grapes are just hours away from losing their lustre, and the petals of some of the gorgeous roses have already fallen on the highly polished table. I was reminded of these elaborate vanitas or momento mori works when I saw Taren Wood s exhibition Okey Dokey at Aratoi. Firstly, Wood s acrylic paintings have a simi- lar staggering level of detail, offering immediate satisfaction to those who like to see evidence of hours of hard work in their artworks. This is plain to see in all Wood s paintings, which could be viewed, as one person described them, as monuments to detail . At a deeper level, at least to my eyes, Wood is investigating those same questions of existence that occupied the Dutch painters -- and bewilder us at times like these in the Wairarapa. In her large painting Silent Seduc- ter, a doe-eyed terrier stares out at us. The dog is uncannily real and next to him is a tree hung with origami cranes, each made from a different exquisitely patterned paper. The painting has a glossy almost lacquered surface, that adds to the stillness and surreality of the piece. But for me it s also an image of tense suspended animation, where everything is about to change in the next moment (another unavoidable fact of life). Don t let the dog near the cranes! , screams a manic voice in my head. Knowing Wood s meticu- lous commitment to her work, I could easily imagine she made every one of them by hand as part of the process underlying this painting. Wood s work also made me look at Russian dolls in a new light. They are a recurring image in her work, whether mindlessly descending single file into a Dante-esque under- world, or standing smugly in front of a house made of matches (as in the eerie Safety First). Their comfort- able, well-fed brand of apathy sends a relevant message. After the events of last week, people will be searching for meaning in many different ways and in differ- ent places. It is refreshing to find an artist such as Wood exploring the bigger questions in this powerful and idiosyncratic way. Okey Dokey -- Taren Wood, until January 29, 2012; That was then this is now -- Harry Watson, until February 26, 2012; We are all transistors -- Carla Cescon, Scott Donovan and Alex Gawronski from ICAN, Sydney, until February 19, 2012. aratoi.co.nz.
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