The reopening of Christchurch Art Gallery is a tremendous milestone for the rebuilding and regeneration of Christchurch and we’re delighted to be supporting this landmark occasion. The Gallery is for everyone – locals and visitors. Over the summer months we anticipate many of the visitors we bring to the region will include it on their itinerary. We’re proud to support art, artists, the Canterbury region and Christchurch Art Gallery, now and into the future.
NDE made its public debut high on Christchurch Art Gallery’s external south wall, when the immaculate surface of this canvas was minutely photographed then blown up onto tautly stretched vinyl as a glowing, seven-metre-wide billboard. Now, the fretful gaze that discomfited passers-by on the street outside cuts across the exhibition space instead. Have we, as the acronym in the title might suggest, stumbled upon a person on the cusp of the hereafter? Whatever this too-perfect young woman may have witnessed, it has, at least temporarily, removed her from our sphere into another. We’re uncomfortably close, yet worlds apart.
(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)