The third year bachelor of fine arts [BFA] and bachelor of visual arts [BVA] exhibition at the Dunedin school of art consisted of an overwhelmingly diverse array of works, with no obvious cohesive thread linking them together. This seemed to highlight the impressive range of works produced by the students at the Dunedin school of art. However such an extensive accumulation of works made one feel overwhelmed to the point of claustrophobia, with the space becoming shallow and many of the works losing their visual impact. Such diversity is often too difficult to properly absorb. However there were some very strong pieces exhibited, particularly from the electronic arts department. Mark Currie’s carefully executed piece ‘motion’ was a simulated urban experience in sped up motion. This enabled the viewer to experience a sensation of dizziness, as though they were on a rollercoaster. Currie’s piece had an intensive interactive quality, which was what made it so successful. It evoked an emotional response from the viewer, as he was perhaps alluding to the disorientation one can feel after observing a cascading cityscape for a long period of time.
Emma Burgman’s ‘stretching’; a triptych depicting a figure literally elongating the body at different times only made me feel somewhat fleetingly engaged. This film’s repetitive nature, made one feel sedate and bemused. Somewhat interestingly, ‘stretching’ appeared to be reminiscent of torture devices used in medieval witch hunts. Due to the nature of this exhibition, only a select few works should be considered highly regarded, as they were thoughtfully rendered and emphasize the artist’s skill level. James Bellaney’s paintings; ‘Waste land’ and ‘what do you reflect’ were poignantly rendered to seemingly reflect the sequential nature of life. Ewey Boyle’s ‘work in progress’ was plausibly alluding to the realm of deconstructed designs, similar to those by Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Also notable was Kiri Mitchell’s six etchings, primarily engrossing was ‘Shadow boxer 1’.
Reviewed by Hana Aoake.