|Fri Apr 29 2016, 7:00pm–9:00pm|
|Sat Apr 30 2016, 12:00pm–6:00pm|
|Sun May 1 2016, 12:00pm–6:00pm|
Exhibition will be catered and is free.
New Zealand born artist Euan Lockie's First international solo show ULTRALIGHT BEAM, consists of both contemporary sculpture and painting. The artist takes inspiration from a diverse range of influences including street culture, pop art, religion, mainstream iconography and the vernacular language of branding.
Lockie’s work is strongly influenced by western youth culture as well as overarching corporate giants. The artist uses his work to explore the consumer behaviours that inform trends and cult followings within these cultures. The work seeks to examine relationships between popular consumption models and the ways these consumer behaviours inform high art.
The investigation manifests itself visually as a mix of layering, abstracted and representative methods. Bold, emblematic imagery is merged with soft gradients, diverting the viewers attention from the obvious in order to accentuate the sub conscious marketing powers at play in day to day brand consumption.
These works are first and foremost polished and aesthetically pleasing. Thematically however the work challenges both high and low art through the incorporation of elements from both of these cultures. From the streets to the Penthouse, the juxtaposition of these two immensely different worlds is represented visually through the use of gold leaf, colourful spray paint finishes and brand motifs both high and low end.
About Euan Lockie- Euan Lockie a New Zealand born contemporary Artist who works within the fields of painting and sculpture. The artist sources and layers imagery from popular youth culture and street style in an attempt to challenge notions of high and low art. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors 1st Class from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2015. Lockie has exhibited extensively throughout Auckland as well as at the opening of the Shanghai Power Station of Art, China (2013). His work is held in various private collections throughout New Zealand, most notably the James Wallace Arts Trust.
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