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Andrea Du Chatenier: Goldenage

When:

Sun 29 Aug 2010, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 29 Aug 2010, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In Goldenage, artist Andrea du Chatenier has created a futuristic vision of a world where beauty is everything - and retail is the one and true therapy. In a scene of feminine desire and excess, hand-carved polystyrene figures of long-haired women luxuriate in the pleasures of consumerism. Du Chatenier’s tableau includes beauties atop of white horses, a willowy replica of a Next Top Model hopeful and a voluptuous Venus of Willendorf who has relinquished her barefoot fertility goddess status for a pair of designer heels.

In Greek and Roman mythology, the Golden Age is the first age of the world, an untroubled and prosperous era during which people lived in ideal, blissful happiness amidst nature. After an era of natural disasters, war and financial catastrophe, du Chatenier offers us a Golden Age, but as with all moments of idealized time, there is something not quite ‘true’ about her version.

Goldenage is a confused tableau of figures drawn from different visual images and different eras. The seemingly glamorous figures are rendered not in precious materials but low-cost polystyrene. Undercutting the theme of consumer paradise is a feeling of mournfulness.

Image: Andrea du Chatenier, Goldenage, 2010 - Image courtesy of the artist and Mary Newton Gallery.