White space is gold
White space is like a gold medal for two artists selected to display their pieces in the New Zealand Art Show.
Bruce Ferguson of Waimauku and Donna Massey of Riverhead are among 420 national artists who will get noticed by gallery owners, their peers and the public at the largest event of its kind.
The show is on from today to August 5 in the TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington.
It features a range of media from visual arts and graphite pencil to photography, sculpture and cast and blown glass works.
The two artists say the selection process is rigorous and it is a privilege to have their work chosen to go amid 75 pieces on well-sought-after wall space.
Bruce focuses on land and seascapes and has 17 contributions for the show.
Donna has been working solidly for the past four months on her 16 creations and her artistic style has been labelled "representational".
"Last year there were vast numbers of artwork sold," Donna says.
"The event is just huge and it always amazed me to see people walking out with art work they'd bought."
Coincidentally, a bridge at Porirua Harbour, Wellington, features in work done by both.
Neither artist realised they'd taken photographs of the same views and based paintings on them.
They agree the show is a timely event that inspires lots of ideas and encourages meeting other artists.
Selection panel convener Wellington artist Lynne Sandri says more contemporary works rather than traditional feature this year.
"This is consistent with the trend towards artists experimenting and pushing the boundaries of their media.
"We think this will make for a more adventurous, challenging and exciting show and appeal to a wider audience."
Go to wellingtonnz.com/event/new-zealand-art-show-2012 to check out details about the show.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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