Dali Susanto, Cat Sutherland and 'V'
Date: Nov 22 – Dec 6Space: Main Gallery
This collaborative exhibition draws together the work of three very different artists that share one common thread; intensity. Working with photography, printmaking, paint and canvas, Dali and his friends Cat and V have put together a show that will not disappoint the viewer in terms of variety and subject matter.
Join the three artists to celebrate the opening of their exhibition, Friday 22 November 5 – 7pm. Lots of work for sale and refreshments will be served! All welcome.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Dali is a Napier artist, originally from Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia who moved to New Zealand in 2007. Dali creates dynamic, individual designs that adorn everything from canvas, bags, furniture to clothing and more recently, concrete – as he takes his recognisable style to the streets.
Dali has always loved art especially painting, and grew up in a place they call ‘The Art Capital of Indonesia’ surrounded by local artists including many talented family members. Dali’s mother teaches Batik courses to national and international tourists from her gallery. Dali was influenced and inspired by many batik patterns and prints whilst growing up, which later fed into his individual contemporary style.
Based in Hawkes Bay for the last 8 years, Cat has studied and worked on creating her own business in digital film and photography. She then moved on to, in which she graduated last year with, a Bachelor in Creative Practice. This allowed her to combine her passion of photography with the dexterity of photopolymer intaglio printmaking; offering the opportunity to expand the exploration of the amalgamation of the two medias.
These works are mixed media of photography and print making.Through experimentation by converting her photographs into hand crafted prints, this creates an individual aesthetic. Choosing this method transforms digital images into tactile ones, which invokes an analogue form.
Cat’s work contextually investigates the female form.
Much of V’s work focuses around New Zealand’s ever expanding multi diverse identity, directly engaging in conversations around colonization both worldwide and her own European and Pacifica lineage. Challenging loss of deep-rooted customs, iconography, connection to our planet and one another as a species, her work seeks to look at the depths of human nature. V tackles subject matter such as addiction, mental health and disconnection with tribal identity;
‘It is my belief as an artist, that it is my responsibility and never ending obsessive drive, to address these topics with my audience. To challenge them to question within and find solutions via this contemplation.’
Hawkes Bay based, V has exhibited nationally as well as being featured in international publications (VICE). She has spent the last 3 years working on a variety of projects but largely focused on her contemporary urban art and film practices.
V has an amazing gift in the story that she shares, her life having been transformed after battling trauma, drug addiction and mental health. She is now a staunch advocate for self improvement and is a motivational speaker, giving talks on Community Rehabilitation, Mental Health Awareness, Drug Education and Domestic Violence prevention seminars through the NZ police and charity organisations.