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Wayne Youle: One Step Forward, One Step Back


Fri 24 Jun 2011, 11:00am–5:00pm
Sat 25 Jun 2011, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Suite, 69 Owen St, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Listed by: David Alsop

An exhibition of works made by Wayne Youle during the 2010 Rita Angus Artist in Residence.

Youle’s response to the 2010 theme ‘Culture & Technology’ was to reflect on the effect of the introduction of technology on Maori, specifically the tribes of the Wellington region. One Step Forward, One Step Back is a large body of work, and employs a variety of media to look at how far we have come as a country in terms of relationship between the Maori and the European/Pakeha.

What Do You Say Savages is a set of forty-three prints highlighting the forty-three items that were offered to the Maori in exchange for land under the Port Nicholson Deed. If Dad Says No, Ask Mum and If She Says No Ask Her Majesty is a twenty-two yard hand made beef bone chain, the length of the Queen’s chain.

Sale, Sell, Buy, Bought is a set of sixty over-printed 19th Century Samuel Brees prints of old Wellington and the Hutt area. Untitled - Silhouette Vases is a series of sixteen wooden turned vases, which are the mirrored silhouette of Wayne’s profile. The vases house seedlings of introduced plants such as gorse and natives from the far north.

Caught is a visual interpretation of the saying “like a deer in headlights”. In a dark room, lights flash on to reveal pairs of introduced animals that sit side-by-side, 'Noah’s Ark' style. One At a Time is the largest of the six works and consists of eighteen hundred hand made wooden “Lego” blocks arranged in two towers.