New Zealand Artists
Platform 1, Melbourne 2002.
Lush represents the work of 16 New Zealand artists through the
medium of digital print. The ideas discussed by the artists have been
initiated by the exhibition space, the medium and the context of showing
work internationally. They cover a range of concerns from the limitations
and strengths of the medium itself, through to critiquing the semiotics
of advertising and tourism. The primary curatorial concern was to produce
an artist initiated international project; free from the costs of similar
museum based shows. The scope of the exhibition was to allow for a wide
variety of issues and individual responses to emerge whilst still offering
the solidity of an exhibition space.
Digital media has proven invaluable in this transfer of information and underpins
both the physical structure and the philosophy of the project. It offers artists
and their ideas access to other arenas without the restrictions of institutional
politics; allowing a visable economic solution to a large-scale international
show without compromising quality or freedom. The exhibition encompasses the
voice of each individual artist and the possibilities of a future, more open
exchange of ideas through new emerging technologies.
Bill Riley (2002)