From Tourist To Pilgrim, Tim Melville Gallery, 2-27 August 2016

Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.

                                    - Alan Watts

 

This exhibition contemplates the ideas of time, navigation and the self, in relation to the endless multitudes on earth that crave connection.

The works in the show address the way the artist is attempting to depart from being a tourist and positioning himself towards the way of the pilgrim. Through his use of poetry, silence and stillness the artist highlights the presence and absence of objects, people and other living things in the physical world.

The paintings are based on drawings and memories of passing through spaces as they pass through you, both, changing as a result. The colour and brushwork is a representation of the energy that is contained within everything. The reciprocal nature of listening during the many sojourns that the artist often undertakes has produced works from the privileged position of the manuhiri (guest), and the special responsibility that that entails. The paintings and photographs as well as the brief texts, made out of wood, paper and metal reference a reverence for our natural and built environment as well as the way we communicate with each other.

The show invites the viewer to join the artist, if only for a moment, to pause and reflect, with appreciation, on a world that yearns to be witnessed.