New Zealand is sometimes called the “The Land of the Long White Cloud.” It’s a country famed for its epic landscapes, which appeared in the Lord of the Rings films.
The work of 27 New Zealand artists has been brought together in a new book and exhibition called “White Cloud Worlds.”
“Cellar God,” above, is a delightfully creepy resin sculpture by David Meng. He says it represents the new direction his work is heading in, avoiding obvious human/animal hybrids, and instead exploring organic forms that are more unexpected. The specific forms are hard to associate with any particular living creature. “The thing it rides on is crab-like,” he says, “yet again, not entirely. It is an alchemical creation, part animal, part furniture, part vehicle.”
Above: Marshwalkers by Thomas Simpson.
Many of the works were done late at night by the artists after working a full day at WETA Workshop. Paul Tobin, who helped organize the project, described those late night hours with affection: “It’s that quiet time, when most artists actually get some serious work done as the distractions drop off and the next cup of coffee kicks in. For some of us, this is the time we scrimp and save for ourselves to labour over our own projects.”
Some of the paintings in the 128 page book are done as self-assignments, and others are done for game companies or movie studios. The book has a foreword by Guillermo Del Toro and an introduction by WETA’s Richard Taylor, with afterwords by Alan Lee and John Howe.
The exhibition at Dowse Art Museum will run until March 13.
White Cloud Worlds website
Exhibit at Dowse Art Museum
Get the book at Amazon (US)
Making of "Marshwalkers" by Thomas Simpson
David Meng's Post on Cellar God
Greg Broadmore's website
Thanks, Paul Tobin