Past & Future Clouds
New Zealand Weather from the Collection
12 May 2012 - 17 June 2012
‘The sky turns dark and light as if great hands passed mysteriously over the sun.’
(excerpt from Weather by Cilla McQueen, 2005)
The sky is present in almost all landscape painting, realistic or abstract, and changing weather patterns are associated with clouds – appearing, or disappearing. As evaporated water cools to saturation, clouds appear, and you will recognise the painted and sketched clouds you see here from childhood days spent sky-watching: from the low fluffy cumulus to the mid-sky elongated altostratus, to the very high and awesome cumulonimbus.
Cloudy skies: beautiful, alarming, relaxing, anxious, threatening, optimistic and delightful. The artists in this exhibition depict aspects of or possibilities within the New Zealand skies in ways that reflect the dynamics of our geographical location. This is achieved through the use of a variety of techniques that emulate perfectly the mood that the artists wish to convey.