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Visesio Siasau: Uli ‘i he ‘Uli - Black On Black

Visesio Siasau: Uli ‘i he ‘Uli - Black On Black

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  • Thu 8 Jun ’17, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Orexart, Level 1, 15 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn


All Ages

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  • Free Admission



New paintings from Visesio Siasau.
Orexart in 8 June – 1 July

Opening: Thursday 8 June 5pm-7pm

Visesio Siasau won The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award (2015) including a trip to New York and a 6-month residency at the ISCP. To quote the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he was invited to show and discuss his work, ‘Tongan artist-philosopher Visesio Siasau has built a career exploring the notion of the void and its conceptual expression in art.’

His recent works are geometric, minimalist, black on black paintings that aim to trigger simultaneous connections between the mind, matter, and heart. Their inky blackness alludes to ancient systems and interpretations of creativity.

The ‘void’ is a place of mystery, where time and human connections are meaningless, where everything, including man and his fragment of invented time, is part of all else. Siasau’s use of an abstract image focuses the viewer’s attention on the painting’s surface. A pattern fills the canvas, emphasising its flatness but the result does not deny an illusion of depth.

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