Shane Cotton

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1964

Dust, Smoke and Rainbows

  • Gift of the artist, 2013
  • Acrylic on linen
  • 2200 x 1800mm
  • 2013/079
  • 2013

Partway through the development of The Hanging Sky, Christchurch Art Gallery’s touring survey of Shane Cotton’s work, Cotton told curator Justin Paton that he wanted to donate a new work, Dust, Smoke and Rainbows, to the Gallery in honour of the way Christchurch had faced the challenges presented by the earthquakes and in recognition of the Gallery’s continued commitment to his exhibition, despite circumstances that could easily have derailed it. Here, Cotton transports a Māori modernist sculpture forward in time and space, allowing it to re-materialise in a context that crackles with supernatural energy. Part-ruin, part-redemptive vision, this halfway space is alive with omens; charged with the echoes of the recent and distant past and full of anticipation at events to come.

(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)