DANIE MELLOR: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history
27 May – 19 August 2018
Danie Mellor: Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history will be the first major exhibition in New Zealand of past and present works by this award winning contemporary Australian artist.
Curated by Pātaka Art + Museum, Pleasure and Vexation – the strata and spectacle of history will feature over 20 outstanding works, many large in scale, including some loaned from Australian institutional collections.
Fruits of Labour, a monumental mixed media work on paper from 2010, provides the starting point of Pātaka’s selection of technically astonishing drawings, paintings and digitally manipulated photography in which the artist explores of his contemporary indigenous Australian identity.
Through this heavily loaded representations of Aboriginals as exotic curiosities, Mellor draws attention to the parallel but vastly different histories of indigenous Australians and European settlers.
Mellor, with both indigenous and non-indigenous heritage, stresses the equal importance of Aboriginal and settler histories, “so you can talk about their interaction and the whole set of issues that arise from those two things being parallel”.
Image: Danie Mellor, The pleasure and vexation of history 2017, wax pastel, wash with oil pigment, watercolour and pencil on paper