Mark Braunias (2021) In Search of the Saccharine Underground
In Search of the Saccharine Underground
Medium: Ink and Acrylic on paper
Dimensions: 2000h x 2500w
Artist Statement: Saccharine Underground' was an expression used in the late 1960’s to define certain aspects of contemporary pop music, which had a formal ‘heavy’ edge but was presented with ironic superficiality. It both challenged and mocked the social message recordings of the highly fashionable ‘counter culture’ at that time. Using a bent out of shape modernist abstract visual language this work presents an alternative narrative to NZ’s historical national obsession in art with 'meaning' and the “Gothic”. Brightly sketched-in ‘Kiddy’ colours oscillate in and around seemingly 'cartoonish' forms and shapes but are drawn with serious formal intent.
Artist statement: The forward-slash as a character seemed appropriate for the current time – “it’s going to be something either-or; it’s like a future optionality - leaning forward, but repetitive and staying still.
Artist statement: My submission 'Every Valley' combines my interest in the impartial and arbitrary character of the natural world, with the overlaps that exist between modes of abstraction and representation.
Artist: Michael Dell
Jacqui Colley (2018). Long Echo
My work is a response to place, a visceral reaction to events and activities around me.
Nature, the human condition, music, industrialisation and digitisation are all central themes and an entrance to my work. Long Echo is a meditation on altered nature where social and ecological systems clash.
I’ve loosely referenced aerial views from Canterbury, observing shapes; rivers which flow from the mountains to the sea, the great lakes and the few remaining wetlands. With intersecting grids, circles and lines I have mimicked the colonisation of the now mechanised land.
I was influenced by pre-european Māori rock art on the limestone cliffs at Takiroa near the Waitaki River. I visited these drawings, contemplating the information they shared for travellers; of warnings, beliefs and the locations of provisions. This inspired me to make my own indelible marks to reflect our current precarious status, by drawing and etching it into a shiny metal surface – a symbol of modernity.