New Painting: Digital Age
12 May – 12 August 2007
A group exhibition at Pataka Museum + Art. The exhibition ‘New Painting Digital Age’ features 4 paintings by Kelcy Taratoa from a series titled ‘BigCity’. The group exhibition included works from Darryn George, Sara Hughes, Andrew McLeod, and Tim Thatcher.
Pataka Museum + Art, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua City Centre, Porirua 5022 Aotearoa/ New Zealand
Photographer: Ian Rotherham
Toured to: Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust 17 November – 10 Feb 2008
13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Painting: Digital Age
This exhibition showcases the work of a group of influential young New Zealand artists who are pioneering a new relationship between the painted and the digital image. Their perspectives and approaches are varied and distinctive but the artists have in common their investigation of the creative potential of the new digital technologies available to them. They all use of computers in diverse ways to generate their artworks, yet they all continue to use traditional painting methods. Computers are transforming many aspects of their painting practice, opening up a new world of image making.
The invention of photography gave rise to a belief, often restated, that painting is irrelevant. In the late 1960s and early 70s, painting as a whole had supposedly ground to a halt and been replaced by multiple strands of post-Minimalist art – Conceptual, Process, Performance, Earth and video art. A ‘painting-versus-new-media battle’ erupted. In 1964, artists Frank Stella and Donald Judd caused an uproar by proclaiming that painting was dead. However, in spite of the dire warnings, painting has endured and has continued to reinvent itself. At his London gallery last year, influential British ‘super collector’ Charles Saatchi proclaimed the rebirth of painting with a new exhibition, The Triumph of Painting.
The exhibition new painting: digital age shows that contemporary painting practice in New Zealand has entered the digital era, revitalised and updated by a new generation of computer-literate artists who are creating fresh, vibrant works that engage with the issues of our time.
New media, video and net art is ubiquitous in global art practice today. However, the impact of digital technology on the more traditional arts is only beginning to be appreciated. Today it is not just new media artists who are responding to the seemingly endless possibilities offered by the rapidly evolving new technologies, but also painters, sculptors, photographers, architects and musicians.
The young artists in this exhibition make use of the virtual world as well as the traditional painting studio. They are early adaptors of the digital revolution. Computers and scanners are as important to their work as stretched canvas and paint. Digital technology not only increases the efficiency and output of their work, it also gives these artists the freedom to push the boundaries of painting. Computer programmes allow a technologically enhanced ability to distort and manipulate imagery and to experiment with colour, composition, perspective and scale.
Text: Courtesy of Pataka Museum + Art.