Relative Reciprocity at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

By Carmarlena Murdaca

Relative Reciprocity at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is delighted to announce the exhibition Relative Reciprocity, featuring work by two highly acclaimed artists Lonnie Hutchinson and Reuben Paterson.

Hutchinson (Ngai Tahu, Samoan) and Paterson (Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Rangitihi, Scottish) are two artists who have firmly embedded Maori and Polynesian world-views and visual languages into their practices, which in Relative Reciprocity explore the recurring aesthetic, political and spiritual use of light and darkness.

Both artists are aware of the breadth of meanings connected to black, from its significance in mythology to its use in both protest movements and pop culture and the niggling relationship between blackness and race. Light too has its own range of qualities. It’s the interplay between light and dark – and the continuum that exists between – that the exhibition most fully embraces, from the suspended spark of a firework to the glimpses of light that exist between form.

This exhibition runs at Te Uru from 24 June – 2 August to coincide with Matariki celebrations across the country.


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