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Christina Pataialii: Solid Gold

01 Dec 2018 - 10 Mar 2019

Christina Pataialii Two minutes to midnight, 2018 acrylic, house paint, spray paint, charcoal on drop sheet courtesy of the artist

Saturday 1 December 2018, 4.00pm - Sunday 10 March 2019, 5.00pm


Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland

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A consistent backdrop to Christina Pataialii’s formative years in working-class West Auckland, Solid Gold radio station delivered unforgettable hits of the 1950s to the 1970s, New Zealand’s economic golden era.

However, the radio catalogue was largely drawn from the United States, bearing with it ideological references both to romance and to the civil rights struggle active at the time on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

It might be due to such early sonic experiences that Pataialii’s approach to painting suggests a methodology close to DJing. Sampling from a rich set of historical and contemporary references, her paintings seamlessly connect time-space and collective-personal memory, resisting definitions.

Likewise, because of her use of ordinary household materials and large formats, her paintings invite a physical relationship that echoes the experience of public space where the eye and body engage with mass-media images. Thus, her works might seem akin to street art, but, nestling on the canvas, they render a new voice to traditions of painting and the politics of representation.

The current exhibition of site-specific and canvas-based works at Te Tuhi expands Pataialii’s visual language and repertoire.

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