art curator and writer
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Warren Viscoe: Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies

 

Warren Viscoe: Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies

Warren Viscoe: Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies,  1995 ,  installation view. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum. Photo by John Lake.

Warren Viscoe: Satellite Skies Don’t Tell Lies, 1995, installation view. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum. Photo by John Lake.

 
 

"Wood for me is more of a culture than a medium. It takes in living forests, Māori tradition, and the pioneering drama."

— Warren Viscoe

Roughly carved wooden hands coasting through an imaginary ocean, razorblade compasses and parachutes anchored with glass bottles, feature in the artist’s interpretation of the foundations of New Zealand society. Viscoe builds symbols of migration and technology out of unlikely materials with curiosity and wit, to consider the value we place on culture, nature and economy. Blending the histories and myths that establish our place in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific) he asks, “How did we get here?”

The Dowse Art Museum | 30 Jul – 20 Nov 2016