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FLIGHTDREAM, 5 - 29 OCTOBER 2016
We are delighted to be able to show 2016 Walters Prize finalist Joyce Campbell's newest photographic images alongside her highly acclaimed video Flightdream.
The images, drawn from the video, retain a filmic quality while allowing a slower engagement with the detailed imagery.
Flightdream is an immersive visionary voyage into the barely known depths of the oceans -- a visual response, on a mythological scale, to the erosion of the actual and conceptual sublime in a time of 'rapidly accelerating global environmental crisis'. Joyce's work asks the viewer to feel and experience the process of creation and destruction and asks questions about perception and the role art can play in enhancing understanding of environmental issues. The new digital stills, while referencing celluloid and the cinematic, allow time to linger with the ever-mobile imagery of the video.
Flightdream has had three major showings this year. It was included in the Sydney Biennale and is currently showing in the Christchurch Art Gallery and at the Auckland Art Gallery as part of the Walters Prize finalists exhibition. The biennial Walters Prize is one of New Zealand's top contemporary art awards.
Joyce Campbell (b. 1971) is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, film and video and sculpture and a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Elam School of the Arts. She has also lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles where she lived for a decade.
She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand and overseas. Recent key exhibitions include the Biennale of Sydney 2016; Heavenly Bodies, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2014; Che Mondo: What a World, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 2013; Te Taniwha/Crown Coach, Nichols Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, California, 2012; The Liquid Archive, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2012.