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Artists' Reception: Wayne Barrar at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 29, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
ATE: September 29, 2011

Torbay ti kouka

Artists' Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2011
5:30 pm

Exhibition on view through October 28

International transplantation and identity are at the core of Wane Barrar's new work. It was standard practice for British colonizers to bring a bit home with them as they populated new lands. Flora and fauna were transplanted from Great Brittan to New Zealand, but this photographic study takes interest in places of reverse transplantation.

Wayne Barrar, The illuminations #3, Torre Abbey
Gardens in Torquay, England 2011/2011/1/10, Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
Wayne Barrar, Union Jack and sole cordyline,
Devon, England 2011/2011/1/10, Courtesy of McNamara Gallery
Wayne Barrar, Line of cordylines and clearance, Ruamahanga
Cutoff, (New Zealand) 2011/2011/1/10, Courtesy of McNamara Gallery

The Cabbage Tree or Ti Kouka of New Zealand is known in England as the Torbay Palm. The tree is often present in New Zealand's colonial art and has become a symbol of national identity, yet its appearance in South West cities of England, Devon and Cornwall surprised the artist and set him to work exploring other areas of reverse pollination. On a borader level the series addresses questions of place-making and constructions of site identity.

For more information on the exhibition please visit McNamara Gallery

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