Fresh and Fruity, <em>Manifesto vol 1: Fresh and Fruity is a sexy new look</em>, 2014/2017, printed poster, vinyl text. Courtesy of the artists. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Fresh and Fruity, <em>Manifesto vol 1: Fresh and Fruity is a sexy new look</em>, 2014/2017, printed poster, vinyl text. Courtesy of the artists. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Wendelien Bakker, <em>Moon Deed in Concrete</em>, 2016, concrete, paper; <em>Swimming Pool</em>, 2015, text printed on paper, framed. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Wendelien Bakker, <em>Moon Deed in Concrete</em>, 2016, concrete, paper. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Deborah Rundle, <em>What Faith I Have</em>, 2012/2017, vinyl, courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Xun Cao, six photographs from <em>Dick Head</em> series, 2016–2017, inkjet on paper; and three photographs from <em>Passion of Cut Sleeves</em> series, 2016, inkjet on paper. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Teghan Burt, <em>Substitute for Mortals</em>, 2016, fabric, clothes. Private collection, Auckland. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Theo Macdonald, from left to right: <em>I Assume David Bowie Has Different Coloured Eyes</em>, 2016, digital video, silent, 9mins 24secs; <em>I Assume David Bowie Runs in the Morning</em>, 2016, digital video, sound, 41mins 21secs; <em>I Assume David Bowie Eats Spaghetti Every Single Meal</em>, 2016, digital video, sound, 4mins 5secs. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Theo Macdonald, video still from <em>I Assume David Bowie Has Different Coloured Eyes</em>, 2016, digital video, silent, 9mins 24secs. Courtesy of the artist. Diva Blair, <em>Should I Tell You What It Is Like</em>, 2016, stop-motion video, sound, 2mins 55secs. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Tim Wagg, <em>1991</em>, 2016, digital video, sound, 12mins, produced with support from ARTSPACE, Auckland and The Chartwell Trust. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Tim Wagg, video still from <em>1991</em>, 2016, digital video, sound, 12mins, produced with support from ARTSPACE, Auckland and The Chartwell Trust. Courtesy of the artist. Isabella Loudon, <em>please water the sculptures, with care</em>, 2017, concrete, sand, glass. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Isabella Loudon, <em>please water the sculptures, with care</em>, 2017, concrete, sand, glass. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun MatthewsHikalu Clarke, <em>Choke Point</em>, 2017, steel railing. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Hikalu Clarke, <em>Choke Point</em>, 2017, steel railing. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Ammon Ngakuru, <em>A Shelter for Amnesic Relatives</em>, 2017, installation with shelving and five paintings. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Maddy Plimmer, <em>Box, Box, Box</em>, 2017, embroidered overalls. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Jesse Bowling, <em>Apple of My Eye</em>, 2017, digital video, silent. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Sam Clague, from left to right: <em>Bad, Really Sad, A Great Success, Terrific</em>, 2017, cord, balloon, bog, nails, plaster, silicone, spray paint, tubing, and wire on calico; <em>Hard Pop</em>, 2016, oil and digitally manipulated photographic insert on board; <em>Feature Wall (Whole Lotta Love in This House) </em>, 2016, oil on board; <em>Sundae Painter</em>, 2016, oil and Duraseal on ply. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Sam Clague, <em>Hard Pop</em>, 2016, oil and digitally manipulated photographic insert on board, courtesy of the artist. Left: Claudia Dunes & Rainer Weston, <em>of other spaces (arch) </em>, 2017, HD digital video on 32” display, vinyl, dolly, arm bracket. Courtesy of the artists; Right: William Linscott, <em>XCIII</em>, 2016, HD digital video, two-channel sound, 17mins 28secs, Music by Flinn Gendall. Courtesy the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Claudia Dunes & Rainer Weston, <em>of other spaces (drape) </em>, 2017, HD digital video on 32” display, vinyl, c-stand. Courtesy of the artists. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Aliyah Winter, <em>Danny Boy</em>, 2015, VHS transferred to digital video, sound, 3mins 8secs; <em>Eli Jenkins’ Prayer</em>, 2015, VHS transferred to digital video, sound, 2mins, 16secs. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Christopher Ulutupu, <em>Into the Arms of My Colonizer</em>, 2016, digital video, sound, 16mins 22secs. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Christina Pataialii, From left to right: <em>Bite Fight – Mike Tyson</em>, 2016; <em>California Love – 2Pac</em>, 2016; <em>Black or White – Michael Jackson</em>, 2016; <em>My Cousin – Dwayne Johnson</em>, 2016; <em>Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers</em>, 2016, acrylic, house paint and spray paint on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Installation view of the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Quishile Charan, <em>Temporary Vanua</em>, 2016, cotton, textile ink, bamboo, rope. Courtesy of the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Daegan Wells, <em>Bleached Terraces</em>, 2017, stoneware, photograph, shelf, courtesy the artist. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Annie Mackenzie & Dave Marshall, detail view of <em>International Foodcourt/Global Classic</em>, 2016, courtesy of the artists. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Annie Mackenzie & Dave Marshall, detail view of <em>International Foodcourt/Global Classic</em>, 2016, courtesy of the artists. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Annie Mackenzie & Dave Marshall, detail view of <em>International Foodcourt/Global Classic</em>, 2016, courtesy of the artists. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Yllwbro, <em>Flowers of the Field III</em>, 2017, mixed media; <em>Te Tohu o Kōanga</em>, 2017, plywood, baby zincalume, steel screws, panel pin nails, pine dowel, braided wire, Le Corbusier Polychromie acrylic, paua shell laminate; and <em>Tipi Haere: Miss Wētā’s All-Terrain Caravan & Mobile Home</em>, 2017, ‘MAN Road Hauler’ toy articulated truck and caravan, die cast metal, plastic, automotive spray paint, ‘Beehive’ matchbox labels, leaf litter, striker, copper wire. Courtesy of the artists and Mokopōpaki, Auckland. On view in the exhibition The Tomorrow People, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Yllwbro, <em>Te Tohu o Kōanga</em>, 2017, plywood, baby zincalume, steel screws, panel pin nails, pine dowel, braided wire, Le Corbusier Polychromie acrylic, paua shell laminate; Courtesy of the artists and Mokopōpaki, Auckland. On view in the exhibition <em>The Tomorrow People</em>, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 22 July – 1 October 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Model dressed by Clara Chon for Blue Blank, <em>The Tomorrow People</em> exhibition opening, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 21 July 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews Model dressed by Clara Chon for Blue Blank, <em>The Tomorrow People</em> exhibition opening, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 21 July 2017, photo: Shaun Matthews

 

The Tomorrow People
Curated by Christina Barton, Stephen Cleland and Simon Gennard
22 July – 1 October 2017

Participating artists:
Wendelien Bakker, Diva Blair, Jesse Bowling, Teghan Burt, Quishile Charan, Sam Clague, Hikalu Clarke, Claudia Dunes & Rainer Weston, Fresh and Fruity, William Linscott, Isabella Loudon, Theo Macdonald, Annie Mackenzie & Dave Marshall, Ammon Ngakuru, Christina Pataialii, Maddy Plimmer, Deborah Rundle, Christopher Ulutupu, Tim Wagg, Daegan Wells, Aliyah Winter, Xun Cao, Yllwbro

The Tomorrow People is an exercise in future-oriented thinking. The exhibition brings together a selection of works from an emerging generation of artists that offer urgent, resourceful and playful possibilities for navigating troubling times.

The Tomorrow People emerges from a set of provocations around politics and creative practice in the present. Rather than attempting to offer answers, the show and its accompanying public programme invite open-ended discussion around the potentials and limitations of artmaking today.

These questions include: how have three decades of neoliberal policy, financialised capitalism, and global economic crises shaped our horizons of possibility for individual and collective living in Aotearoa New Zealand? If the once utopian possibilities of the Internet now seem worn, what potential remains within our thoroughly networked present for the articulation, undermining and imagining of identities, the forging of new bonds, and the building of spaces of care, social justice and emergence? Can art provide a site for solidarity, world-making, and refuge in an increasingly volatile contemporary moment? And if so, who gets a stake in the creation and maintenance of this site, and how do we extend the invitation of art to those who have otherwise been ignored, belittled, and kept at the periphery?

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the 1973 Thames Television series: ‘The Tomorrow People’. In the show, a group of adolescents find themselves endowed with special powers, including teleportation, telekinesis and telepathy. These teenagers represent the supposedly next stage of human evolution, and are, throughout the series, tasked with overcoming evil forces for the good of humanity. Though ‘low-budget’ in every sense, this coming-of-age tale provides a tentative framework for thinking through how a generation of artists who have inherited a fractured, often overwhelming world, might be especially well-disposed to use these very conditions to arrive at better futures, even if, as the programme clearly revealed, they only have the present as the ground for imaginative projection.

Together with the artists included in the exhibition, the show brings new voices to bear, with new writing by Eloise Callister-Baker, Casey Carsel, Matilda Fraser, James Hope, Ellie Lee-Duncan, Dilohana Lekamge, Francis McWhannell, Robyn Maree Pickens, Hugo Robinson, Hanahiva Rose, Kari Schmidt, and Balamohan Shingade, published to accompany the works and a lively public programme which will feature three forums designed to expand on the questions raised by the exhibition.

 

Commissioned essays in association with The Tomorrow People:

Attending to the Other in Us by Balamohan Shingade

Workin’ Nine to Five, what a Way to Make a Livin’ by Matilda Fraser

One-not-one by Robyn Maree Pickens

 

Download our exhibition guide here.

The Tomorrow People press release is here.

Full details of the public programme are here.

Please contact the Adam Art Gallery for more information.
Tel: 04 463 6835
adamartgallery@vuw.ac.nz

 

With support from The Chartwell Trust and Jim Barr & Mary Barr