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Sam Rawlings: Crouching Kiwi, Hidden Taniwhā


Sun 12 Feb 2012, 10:30am–4:30pm

Where: TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Sam Rawlings

About the exhibition:
This exhibition revisits a body of work by local artist Sam Rawlings, originally created for his successful first solo exhibition in 2011. After graduate medical school he put paintbrush before stethoscope, and boldly took a year out to satisfy a creative calling. The exhibition will be held as part of Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival Asian Market, in TSB Arena on Sunday 12th February. Come and see an exhibition that aims to impress with intricate realism, refresh with its diversity, and relate to you whatever your race, culture, or background.

“With a Chinese mother and a Pakeha father, I had quite a multicultural upbringing... well, sort of. I always identified with being "white", but the Chinese part of me always seemed to be tacked on, like an afterthought. Being Chinese was just a costume that I sometimes wore, a cuisine I sometimes ate, or a special occasion to attend. I viewed my culture as an outsider looking in.”

With heavy influences from the pop art movement, and a dash of surrealism, 'Crouching Kiwi, Hidden Taniwhā' is light-hearted critique of culture from an outsider's perspective. From this view, people and objects find their trans-cultural counterparts, peculiarities become similarities, and everyone is invited to broaden their circle to find common ground in the human condition.

This event is made possible with generous help from the AsiaNZ Foundation.

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