The works presented within To live is to fly explore the potential of the creative act as communicative agent. Reflecting on current socio-political concerns such as the events surrounding the recent anti-TPPA protests, artist Dawson Clutterbuck’s newest project consists of appropriated found objects and documented performative actions, with the aim of re-imagining a language of demonstration, protest and mobilisation.
Recognising the inherent complexity of current socio-political dialogue, To live is to fly introduces these various modes of artistic exchange to help elicit political discussion. How are ideas exchanged between artist and viewer? How are artistic gestures acknowledged as political catalysts? How might performative, participatory, and sculptural works help to better inform and enact our own social or political agency?
About the artist
Dawson Clutterbuck (b.1987, Kaitaia) completed a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2011. Working with a combination of processes, including sculpture, performance, and film, Dawson’s art practice explores ideas of community, institution, and place. In recent exhibitions Dawson has worked with individuals and community groups to realise projects and engage with socio-political issues.
2015 exhibitions and collaborations:
Taihoa/Tiaki, Fuzzy Vibes Gallery, Auckland;
Show Day, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Auckland;
CERA [Community Environment Relevance Activities], The Physics Room, Christchurch;
Te Tiriti- Treaty, Kings Theatre Kawakawa.