Differing styles create unique collaboration

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He Waka Tuia visual arts curator Gemma Baldock (left) and manager Sarah Brown add their collaborations to the Local Knowledge interactive exhibit.

AN unlikely collaboration between two transtasman artists is the latest exhibit to grace the walls of He Waka Tuia transitional Art + Museum space.

The Local Knowledge display is a collaboration from artists Euan Macleod, of Sydney, and Gregory O’Brien, of Wellington, and is a result of their travels across New Zealand from 2011 to 2020.

“Whereas Euan conjures movement, my image-making is static; his work is visceral, mine cerebral. Such contradictions fuel our ongoing project, forcing both of us to step outside our comfort zone,” O’Brien wrote.

The display was initially shown at the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore where He Waka Tuia manager Sarah Brown, and visual arts curator Gemma Baldock first saw it.

“We thought it was a lovely show to bring down here, to continue that branch of local knowledge,” Brown said.

They said the community had shown a lot of interest in the artwork on display.

of people have mentioned they have never seen two artists with such different styles collaborate together.”

Many of the pieces are artistic interpretations of landmarks throughout Otago and Southland.

“For all the shows that we do here we try and have an element of participation, so for this show we have a big piece of paper on the back wall and we’re asking anyone who comes in to pick up a pen and draw their own local knowledge as a version of collaborating on an artwork,” Baldock said.

The free-admission exhibit is running at He Waka Tuia on the corner of Don and Kevin Sts, Invercargill, until March 6.

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