Saturday, March 15, 2008
The Big Picture
WOW! The classic white cube of the Sutton Gallery at Christchurch Art Gallery has been transformed and it looks magnificent. Christchurch-based artist, Darryn George’s PULSE is grabbing attention. I leaned against the entrance yesterday, listening to passers-by. Their first reaction was invariably astonishment. A team of painters has spent two and a half weeks transferring George’s elaborate design - inspired by the colours and patterns of Maori art and the architectural detail of traditional Maori meeting houses - onto the four walls of the gallery - approximately 300sqm floor-to-ceiling. The large rear wall is in fact a giant ‘wordscape’ created from the Maori word waru, which means eight – George’s reference to “a spiritual time and space beyond the seven days of the week.” The once-simple Sutton Gallery is powerful now, reverential almost. How nice if they could leave it this way.