'Vista' Exhibition by Antony Densham
Opening Event Saturday 18th November 3-5pm.
A mental view of a succession of remembered or anticipated events. -Oxford Languages online.
This definition is a very open ended and malleable interpretation of how the landscape is viewed and sums up how artists engage and often wrestle with remembered or anticipated events within their own practices. Artists like explorers yearn to discover new land but must always keep on hand a map of past discoveries. This retrieving of past paintings as a starting point combined with the question ‘What wants to happen?’ ensures there is grounding of energy as the artist locates new territories.
Antony locates these territories between abstraction and figuration and says, ‘For me the goal with painting is to suspend the left-brain hemispheres representational grasping long enough for the right brain to connect other dots. Rather than be settled into a routine of interpretation I want the viewers attention to remain open and for the imagination to wander.
Antony is from Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Elam (University of Auckland)